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Out of pocket?

congress finances in doldrums
ONE cannot believe that the Congress party, which has ruled India for 53 years, is facing a resource crunch and, if leaders of the party are to be believed, is running on overdraft. There is a joke doing the rounds that the ‘Congress is a poor party with rich leaders’. Another peculiar feature is that most top-ranking leaders are advocates by profession and most of them are either Rajya Sabha members or are aspirants for the Upper House. Kapil Sibal, Ashwani Kumar, KTS Tulsi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Manish Tiwari, Anand Sharma, Palaniappan Chidambaram and Randeep Singh Surjewala are all advocates. Sources disclose that Kapil Sibal has been promised a birth in the Upper House by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Ashwani Kumar and Manish Tiwari are trying from Punjab. Chidambaram desires a seat from Karnataka but his candidature will be personally decided by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Anand Sharma is in a fix as he does not have any state for himself, only Rahul can save him. One party leader suggested that, to overcome the resource crunch, all these advocate leaders can be asked to donate just 10 per cent of their wealth earned during Congress rule. Or, the leadership can ask Kamal Nath to partly share the burden and the issue can be resolved; but, who will speak to ‘Mr 15 per cent’?

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