scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Cong disciplinary committee recommends action against Jakhar, Thomas

The recommendation for action against Jakhar came after the AICC in-charge of Punjab, Harish Chaudhary, wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi flagging her attention to some of his statements.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi |
Updated: April 27, 2022 1:03:44 am
Sunil Jakhar, KV Thomas (Express Photos/File)

The AK Antony-headed disciplinary action committee of the Congress Tuesday recommended suspension of senior Punjab Congress leader Sunil Jakhar from the organisation for a period of two years.

It has also recommended that veteran Congress leader from Kerala KV Thomas be removed from all party posts. A decision on the recommendations will be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The recommendation for action against Jakhar came after the AICC in-charge of Punjab, Harish Chaudhary, wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi flagging her attention to some of his statements. Sonia Gandhi then forwarded the letter to the disciplinary action committee.

In its show cause notice to Jakhar, Tariq Anwar, member secretary of the disciplinary action committee, referred to Chaudhary’s letter saying he had pointed out that “you have made derogatory statements against Congress leaders and also attributed motives to the leadership of thinking on communal lines while deciding the leadership of CLP Punjab.”

Best of Express Premium
UPSC Key-June 28, 2022: Why to read ‘Hurting religious Sentiments’ or ‘In...Premium
Did NCP hold Uddhav hand, stop resignation, give him false hope?Premium
How Rampur, Azamgarh were won: Behind BJP chipping away of SP votesPremium
Rationalisation, reforms may test Centre-state relations at GST meetPremium

“It is in gross violation of the party’s ethos… the committee deliberated and decided to give you an opportunity to explain your action and decided to issue (a) show cause notice (to you on) why action should not be taken as per the Party Constitution XIX(f)(5),” the notice said.

Former Gurdaspur MP Jakhar had courted controversy by labelling former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi a liability and claiming that the party did not choose him as its chief ministerial face as he is Hindu.

In the case of Thomas, the disciplinary action committee had issued notice to him after the party leadership in Kerala demanded action against him for attending a seminar organized by the CPM on the side-lines of the party’s national conclave in Kannur.

KPCC president K Sudhakaran had asked Thomas and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor not to participate in the seminar.

Tharoor and Thomas then took the matter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who advised them not to attend the seminar since the KPCC has taken a public position on the issue. While Tharoor complied, Thomas didn’t pay heed and attended the seminar Saturday, prompting Sudhakaran to write to Sonia Gandhi, recommending strict and befitting disciplinary action against him.

Express Subscription Do not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per month

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement