Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily has landed in a controversy over a tweet suggesting money plays a role in his party deciding who gets the ticket for upcoming elections in Karnataka, though he denied posting it, saying “I have not done it”.
“INC need (sic) to solve money in politics. We can’t afford to have contractors and their nexus with the state PWD minister determine how candidates are selected for the upcoming assembly elections,” said a tweet from a twitter handle that is not verified.
As the tweet went viral on social media and created a buzz in political circles, Moily, when contacted by PTI, said it was a “mistake (committed) by somebody else.”
“That Twitter (handle) is not in my control. It’s not (an) appropriate (tweet). I’m withdrawing (it),” said Moily, who heads the manifesto committee for the assembly polls.
Coming on the day when the AICC plenary was to begin at New Delhi, the tweet also tagged Rahul Gandhi’s office, Congress headquarters, Karnataka Pradesh Congress and Moily’s son Harsha Moily.
Minutes later, the same tweet was posted on the twitter handle of Harsha too. This tweet tagged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also. Both the tweets were later deleted.
The tweet was allegedly targeted at PWD minister HC Mahadevappa, a trusted aide of Siddaramaiah.
The tweet row has erupted amid reports that Moily, a former chief minister, was unhappy over discouraging remarks allegedly made by Mahadevappa during a screening panel meeting about giving party ticket to Harsha to contest the assembly polls from Karkala.
Asked if his twitter account was hacked, Moily said, “I don’t say that but even then it’s not proper.”
“It’s unfortunate. It shouldn’t have come. I haven’t done it. Somebody else has done it. I don’t want to go public on party matters.”