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Cong MLA suspended for critical remarks against party, Rahul

Hariprasad asserted Congress will fight state polls under the leadership of Bhupesh Baghel, TS Singhdeo

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)

on Tuesday suspended its rebel MLA for "anti-party" activities but that did not deter him from making "derogatory" remarks against Vice-President The decision to suspend Rai, considered a supporter of Janata Party chief Ajit Jogi, was taken by Pradesh Committee (CPCC) at a meeting of its Coordination Committee in Raipur. "With the unanimous decision of the members of Coordination Committee, Rai has been suspended from the party," AICC General Secretary in-charge of BK Hariprasad said. The panel also recommended to the party's disciplinary committee that the MLA from Gunderdehi be dismissed from Congress, he added. Hariprasad asserted will fight the 2018 Assembly polls in under the leadership of the party's state chief Bhupesh Baghel and legislature party leader TS Singhdeo. Meanwhile, Rai welcomed the decision and said the action was taken against him for speaking against Rahul. "I was told the action has been taken against me for making comments against (in the past). I can't call a donkey a horse.

If the party feels my observation is wrong then either it is blind or (is) acting like a blind person," a defiant Rai said in a statement. "I am not at all sad with the move because I am a true and vocal tribal representative. I am free now," said the legislator, adding the decision has once again exposed the "anti-tribal" face of had issued a showcause notice to Rai last week for "anti-party" activities and publicly making statements against the party. The police officer-turned-politician is said to be a staunch supporter of Jogi, who floated his own party after quitting in June. Jogi had brought Rai into and helped him in getting a ticket from Gunderdehi seat in the 2013 Assembly polls.

First Published: Tue, October 18 2016. 23:28 IST