Former Congress MLA Arvind Khanna was today expelled from the party for six years for resigning from the Assembly "without taking state or central party leadership into confidence", thus "forcing" a bypoll on the people of the Dhuri constituency.
Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on tuesday said Khanna has been expelled from the party for six years.
Bajwa was talking to reporters here the on sidelines of 10th death anniversary of Sant Ram Singla, father of former Sangrur Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla.
Bajwa accused Khanna of being hand-in-glove with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and entering into adeal that he would be elevated to Rajya Sabha in 2016.
Khanna, a close confidant of senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh, won assembly elections in 2002 and 2012.He made his debut in state Assembly from Sangrur by winning the Assembly seat in 2002 by a record margin of over17,000 votes and then Dhuri seat in 2012 by about 12,500 votes, while he didn't contest in 2007 elections.
The bypoll was necessitated after Khanna resigned from the Assembly in January.