Former Congress Member of Parliament Gufran-e-Azam was expelled from the party on Wednesday for his public criticism of the national leadership.
In July, he had accused Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of forcing her son Rahul Gandhi on the party for the last 10 years even though “Rahul has developed neither the art of speaking nor imbibed political thinking”.
In a letter addressed to Sonia, the 68-year-old had also said that Sonia had “shown excessive fondness for son rather than the party” and that “all parents want their children to excel but not every son lives up to expectations”.
“For how long will he (Rahul) be insulted,” he had asked, citing some of the barbs thrown at Rahul by rivals.
The senior leader earlier targeted the Madhya Pradesh leadership by turning down the post of the vice-president under then PCC chief Suresh Pachouri. He had said at the time that he would not work under people whose stature was much lower than his.
More recently, he had ridiculed AICC members by calling them bonded labourers.