Congress expels Bittu for defying party’s boycott decision

  • Press Trust of India, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 02, 2016 22:31 IST

Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday expelled party leader Bhupinder Singh Bittu from the primary membership of the party for six years for defying the party’s decision to boycott the Khadoor Sahib assembly bypolls.

Bittu had defied the party’s boycott decision and is contesting the bypoll as an independent candidate. The elections to Khadoor Sahib assembly are scheduled to be held on February 13.

The seat had fallen vacant after Congress’ Ramanjit Singh Sikki, sitting member of legislative assembly (MLA), had resigned over the incidents of sacrilege of holy book Guru Granth Sahib in his constituency last year.

The Congress party had last week announced that it would boycott the Khadoor Sahib bypolls, with Amarinder Singh maintaining “since the basic issue of the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, for which Sikki resigned, still remains unresolved, the Congress party has decided there is no point in contesting the election”.

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