‘Lassi’ turns bitter: Jagmeet Brar expelled from Congress

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2016 15:06 IST
Jagmeet Singh Brar (HT Photo)

The constant bickering and rebellion have had effect --former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar was on Monday expelled from the Congress by its national general secretary Shakeel Ahmad. This comes close on the heels of the party expelling Bir Devinder Singh, a former deputy speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Several senior Punjab Congress leaders, including some legislators, had been seeking Brar’s expulsion from the party for gross indiscipline and rebellious activities. His acts have been harming the party’s interest in the state, they said.

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In an appeal to the party high command, the leaders had said: “Brar had embarked upon a dangerous and destructive path to sabotage the party’s ongoing campaign in the state. Jagmeet Brar must be expelled at the earliest.”

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Brar had been pushed to oblivion earlier too, after his suspension from the Congress following the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, when he had suggested that party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi go on a sabbatical to introspect on the reasons for the party’s worst performance in the parliamentary elections. But, a former Congress Working Committee (CWC) member, Brar was back into reckoning after Sonia revoked his suspension in August last year,

A contender for the post of Punjab Congress president in 2013, Brar had been left out in the cold for about a year and had been flirting with the BJP and later sending feelers to the Aam Aadmi Party at the time, but was not successful in gaining entry into either party. Finally, he had decided to knock at the door of the Congress again.

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