Uttarakhand crisis: Ex-CM’s son expels from Congress for ‘anti-party’ activities
Dehradun: Ex-Uttarakhand CM’s son Saket Bahuguna is among the 9 Congress insurgent who joined hands with opposition BJP to stake claim to form a government in Uttarakhand.
As the political crisis in the UK government harden, in answer the Congress on Monday expelled former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son Saket Bahuguna and party joint secretary Anil Gupta for 6 years for anti-party activities.
Saket was among the nine MLAs who rebelled against the Harish Rawat’s government.
Upadhyay said the Congress party will not admit any indiscipline and strict action will be taken against those who violate discipline. Uttarakhand Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal had yesterday issued notices to 9 insurgent Congress MLAs asking them the reason why they should not be disqualified from the House.
UK Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay said that the disciplinary committee suggested to the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) that Saket and Gupta be expelled on the basis of their statements published in newspapers and broadcasted by news channels.
Considering the activities of Saket, who was a two-time Lok Sabha candidate from Tehri seat, and Gupta as “anti-party”, the PCC accepted the recommendation of the disciplinary committee and expelled them for 6 years.
Notices were issued following a request from party chief whip and senior most face of UK Congress Indira Hridayesh seeking action against them for violating the party whip in the state Assembly during voting on the Finance Bill.
The notices are posted on the walls of the houses of the legislators concerned and ask them to submit their replies to the Speaker by March 26 evening. However, UK BJP president and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Ajay Bhatt said as a notice of no-confidence has already been moved against the Speaker he should quit his post.
Before the political turmoil in the Uttarakhand, the Congress had 36 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly. The ruling party also has the support of 6 members of the Progressive Democratic Front, while opposition BJP has 28 MLAs.