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Sulking Jaffer Sharief arrives in Delhi; to meet Sonia

Senior Congress leader C K JafferSharief, who has resigned from the party, arrived here on Saturday for a meeting with party chief Sonia Gandhi but remained non-committal on the future course of action.

Sharief, a six time MP who was humbled in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, said he could not predict the outcome of his meeting with Gandhi who summoned him here for talks.

“I can’t say anything (about the outcome of the meeting),” Sharief, one of the senior-most leaders from the minority community, said.

“Sometimes certain situations in life make one to have a look back on various issues to find where one stands,” the former Railway Minister, who has been sidelined for the last few years in the party, told reporters here.

Asked whether he was in touch with other parties, he said he has “many friends” in several political parties.

Sharief’s resignation has come as a shock to the party ahead of the next month’s Assembly elections in Karnataka where the stakes are high for the Congress.

Sharief, who was seeking party nomination for his grandson, maintained that denial of ticket was not the issue.

“It is a silly matter, a propaganda to belittle me. There are various issues which I could not discuss with the media,” he said.

He claimed that there was a “certain failure” on the part of state leadership in addressing the issues and concerns raised by him. “It should have been sorted out there. Delhi should come into picture only when there is arbitration.”

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