Mumbai. Maharashtra Congress committee has authorized party president Sonia Gandhi to decide the color and patterns of curtains that would replace the old rugged ones at the party office at Tilak Bhavan here. The decision was taken unanimously by the committee members, who later declared that the choice of Madam Gandhi would be acceptable and binding on everyone in the state unit of the grand old party.
“The process was natural and democratic,” senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee informed, who along with another senior leader A K Antony was deputed by the high command as observers to solve the “crisis at hand” after a newspaper published revealing images of stained and stinking curtains hanging in the party office.
The resolution to authorize Sonia Gandhi was moved by the local party treasurer, and seconded by everyone present in the important meeting that lasted for 5 minutes.
Congress headquarters in Delhi have confirmed that the decision on new curtains for the Maharashtra office will be taken after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns to India tomorrow. It’s not yet clear why the party is waiting for Manmohan Singh to return when the decision has to be taken by Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, highly placed sources within Congress have told us that the curtains were supposed to be replaced this Diwali itself as part of the customary annual cleaning of the office, but the funds for the same were used by the party leaders to buy clothes for themselves and their family members.
“BJP president Nitin Gadkari got a sherwani stitched for himself from a tent that was provided by Sudhanshu Mittal for party functions,” said Manish Tewary, the national spokesperson of Congress, thus logically, thoroughly and firmly disproving the charges of corruption within his party.
But Manish Tewary refused to comment on the CAG (Curtains Are Good) report that indicts telecom minister A Raja of using even more stained and stinking curtains in his office.