Chhattisgarh Congress MLA suspended for comparing Rahul Gandhi to donkey

On Tuesday, Rai sharpened his attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and said that he would "call a donkey a donkey, and not a horse."

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Updated: October 20, 2016 2:13 am
Jayalalithaa, Jayalalithaa health, Jayalalithaa hospital, Rahul Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa Karunanidhi, india news On Tuesday, Rai sharpened his attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and said that he would “call a donkey a donkey, and not a horse.”

Acting quickly on a Chhattisgarh Congress recommendation that Gunderdehi MLA RK Rai be suspended, the AICC disciplinary committee on Wednesday has suspended him until further notice. Rai, who has consistently shared the dais with Ajit Jogi, who formed the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress after breaking away from the Congress, had spoken out against the Congress leadership. In fact, on Tuesday Rai sharpened his attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and said that he would “call a donkey a donkey, and not a horse.”

After months of similar attacks against the party, things had come to a head last week when he said that the Congress was anti- tribal and attacked Rahul Gandhi, forcing the Congress to issue him a showcause notice. In his response to the notice Rai questioned the delay in the action against him, and went on to say that as many as 17 Congress MLA’s were in touch with Ajit Jogi.

Chhattisgarh’s politics has thus far been centred around the BJP and the Congress in its 16 year existence, but the entry of the CJC has queered the pitch, given it is headed by the first chief minister of the state in Ajit Jogi. So far, most Congress MLA’s have chosen to keep their own counsel with elections now just two years away, but those that have openly shown their loyalty towards him include his son Amit Jogi, wife Renu Jogi and Siyaram Kaushik.

In a press conference of his own Siyaram Kaushik said that he had been elected by the people for five years, and would continue to play that role. He said that while the suspension of Rai was an “internal party matter”, he supported Rai’s comments on the state Congress leadership not being represented by tribals in the state. Along with Rai, Kaushik has shared the stage with Jogi at every major CJC function and rally, with the party facing a similar bind as in with Rai. “There is a balance that we have to maintain. If we suspend or expel them, they are free to continue as MLA’s, but if they resign they cease to be Congress MLA’s. These people fought on a Congress ticket. If they are loyal to Ajit Jogi, why are they not resigning? The people will give them an answer,” a senior Congress leader said.

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  1. V
    Oct 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm
    Please don't compare any politician with the innocent animals...
    1. B
      Bharath matha
      Oct 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm
      Don't insult a donkey by comparing with Raul Da;br/gt;Don't demoralise the donkeys self respect by comparing with this fellow..
      1. I
        IML sood
        Oct 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm
        It is clear that there is no comparition between donkey and Pappu. While Pappu is totally useless immature, but donkey has to be hard working and a useful animal in many ways. Not only Pappu his second b Khujli, also have no chance against a donkey because of abusive nature.
        1. M
          Oct 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm
          Why insult Donkey which is more useful to the Am Admi without almost costing nothing to Am Admi?
          1. A
            Oct 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
            Narrow minded thinking Mr.MLA. .
          2. A
            Oct 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm
            Will few people return the awards on this intolerance. Is this not autocratic atude to suppress dissent.
            1. V
              Oct 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm
              What was the comparison?
              1. D
                Dev Verma
                Oct 19, 2016 at 6:57 pm
                Truth fears no examination, what's narrow minded you find in mla. Its was too early to pronounce him donkey,he should have said much earlier to save lot more money spend on this a.h.
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