Acting tough against rebels, the Congress on Wednesday expelled 22 of its leaders who are contesting the assembly elections against the party's official nominees.
The party also warned strict action against the workers who are found favouring the rebel candidates directly or indirectly.
Yog Raj, who has rebelled against party candidate Rajinder Singh Rana from Dehra in Kangra district, has been expelled from party for six years. Chauhan is sitting MLA from Pragpur assembly segment, which now is known as Dehra after delimitation.
The party also closed doors on former Anni MLA Ishwar Dass. Another former MLA, Mast Ram has also expelled from the party for he is contesting against the party official nominee Mansa Ram from Karsog assembly segment. Mast Ram was elected to the Vidhan Sabha in 2003.
Former legislator Kashmir Singh too has been shown the door for six years for anti-party activities and for contesting against the official party candidate Rajesh Dharmani from the Ghumarwin assembly area.
Other expelled party rebels are: Raj Singh Thakur (Chamba), Surender Thakur (Dalhousie), Malender Rajan (Indora), Pankaj (Fatehpur), Baldev Jolig (Lahaul Spiti), Dharamvir Dhami (Manali), Premlata (Kullu), Kapil Dev (Darang), Jagdish (Jogindernagar), Shakutla Kashyap (Balh), Ram Jaswal (Gagret), Mahender (Kutlehar), Vijay Kaushal (Jhandutta), KD Lakhanpal (Bilaspur), Amar Chand Pal (Arki), Paramjeet Pummy (Doon), Karnesh Jung (Paonta Sahib) and Badri Parshad (Rohroo).