Congress suspends Chhattisgarh MLA Kaushik for “anti-party” activities

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Chhattisgarh Congress today suspended its rebel MLA Siyaram Kaushik for giving “anti-party” statements.

Siyaram KaushikThe disciplinary action was taken against Kaushik, who is considered a supporter of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress party chief and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, after he allegedly passed remarks against his party legislators in the state Assembly premises recently.

“The party leadership took serious cognisance of the remarks made by Kaushik, legislator from Bilha constituency, against the party in public domain during the monsoon session of the assembly (concluded yesterday) and considered it as violation of party’s discipline,” Congress state spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla said today.

Therefore, he has been suspended from the party’s membership.

A show-cause notice was also slapped on him seeking his reply in this connection within seven days, he said.

“If he fails to give an appropriate reply, he will be expelled from the party,” Shukla added.

A senior Congress leader from the state’s Bilaspur district, Kaushik is said to be the staunch supporter of former chief minister Ajit Jogi, who floated a new political outfit – Chhattisgarh Janata Congress- after parting ways with Congress last year.

Congress, which had won 39 out of 90 seats in the last assembly polls, has taken disciplinary action against its three MLAs so far.

Earlier, Amit Jogi, son of Ajit Jogi, was expelled from the party, while R K Rai, an MLA from Gunderdehi, was suspended.

Kaushik and Rai have been supporting Amit Jogi in the state Assembly on every issues raised by him since he was expelled from the party last year.

Yesterday, Kaushik and Rai had also sat on dharna for about eleven hours along with Amit Jogi in the Well of the Assembly protesting against winding up the monsoon session eight days ahead of the schedule.

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