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Cong purges ranks, 32 rebels get marching order

The Congress expels 32 leaders in Uttarakhand for filing nominations against the party?s official candidates for the Assembly poll.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 01:53 IST

Taking a tough stand against anti-party activities, the Congress on Thursday expelled 32 leaders, including a sitting legislator in Uttarakhand for filing nominations against the party’s official candidates for the Assembly poll.

The list includes names of Dharchula legislator Gagan Singh Rajwar, the only one among the party’s 40 sitting MLAs who had been denied a ticket, and senior leader Vikekananda Khanduri, who had filed a nomination on a Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) ticket from Rajpur constituency.

“All the 32 rebel candidates have been expelled from the party’s primary membership for six years. The party will act against any member found working against the party’s official candidates,” said Congress chief spokesperson Surender Kumar.

Rain damper

Rainfall and snow in the upper reaches of the Himalayas have brought hope to the farmers, but a cloud hangs on the poll campaign.

Door-to-door canvassing has been put off till the weather clears. “The state did not receive adequate rainfall since December 10. It has affected the rabi crop in the plains and potato and apple production in the hills,” Anand Kumar Sharma, director of the state meteorological office, said. “We are expecting another western disturbance on Saturday and more rainfall and snow,” Sharma said.