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Natwar could face expulsion from Congress

Disciplinary action against Natwar Singh is becoming increasingly certain in the light of his threats and blackmails.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 21:30 IST

Beleaguered former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh, indicted by the Pathak Inquiry Authority report on Iraqi oil-for-food scam, could face expulsion from Congress.

"What more proof is needed for taking the extreme action when someone confronts the Prime Minister himself?" a senior Congress leader said while a Union Minister remarked that Natwar Singh will soon be "no longer with us".

The disciplinary action against the former External Affairs Minister, once known for his proximity to the Congress President, is becoming increasingly certain with partymen not taking kindly to his recent statements of "threats and blackmails".

Even leaders known for their moderation in the party affairs feel that the suspension was the minimum that could be handed out to Natwar Singh for virtually launching a war against the Prime Minister as also the party leadership.

A senior Minister said Natwar Singh's action could also figure at the Union Cabinet meeting called on Monday to approve the Action Taken Report (ATR) on the Pathak report.

Party sources said disciplinary action against Natwar Singh is expected on Monday after tabling of the Action Taken Report (ATR) in Parliament.

The matter could come before the Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) headed by senior leader AK Antony but it is unclear when the committee would be meeting.

Singh is virtually friendless in the party with which he has been associated for long and has ruffled many a feather in the party by his comments since the Volcker committte report on the scam last year.