Congress Friday expelled its veteran leader and former Union minister Ram Lal Rahi for six years on charges of anti-party activities, which included participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abiyan’ in Sitapur district last month.
In another action, party served showcause notice to former AICC secretary K K Sharma for calling Raj Babbar “a nachaniya (a dancer)” and questioning Rahul Gandhi’s decision to field him in Lok Sabha polls from Ghaziabad.
The action came a day after AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry communicated party president Sonia Gandhi’s message that indiscipline would not be tolerated.
Rahi has been a four-time MP from Mishrikh (Sitapur) Lok Sabha constituency. He had participated in ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ on December 19 in Sitapur. A complaint in this regard was submitted with the party both by its Sitapur district unit and former Union minister Jitin Prasada, who alleged Rahi had been engaging in anti-party activities ever since the Lok Sabha polls.
The party had sought explanation from Rahi and on finding it “unsatisfactory” decided to expel him for six years. “Rahi did not give any logical reasons behind his act. We also give him newspaper cuttings but he did not bother to respond. Following this, the party decided to expel him for six years,” said Ram Krishna Dwivedi, the chairman of the disciplinary committee.
Meanwhile, the party also served showcause notice to Sharma. In a function to mark Congress foundation day on December 28, Sharma, while addressing party workers, reportedly made a comment on Raj Babbar saying that he was against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to send “a nachaniya” to contest election from Ghaziabad.
In his 60s, Sharma has held posts of NSUI president and AICC secretary.