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Expulsion insulting, says Ashok Choudhary on being sacked as Bihar Cong chief

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had removed Choudhary from the post on Tuesday

india Updated: Sep 27, 2017 13:29 IST
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Ashok Choudhary was removed as the Bihar Congress chief on Tuesday.
Ashok Choudhary was removed as the Bihar Congress chief on Tuesday.(HT file photo)

Ashok Choudhary, who has been ousted from the post of the Bihar Congress president said that the expulsion was “insulting”.

“I welcome the decision of the party but I don’t deserve the way I was insulted and expelled from the party. I don’t want to leave the party but don’t have a choice,” he told ANI on Wednesday.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday relieved Ashok Choudhary from his post as Bihar PCC chief with immediate effect.

The removal came amid reports that the party high command was unhappy with him and leaders of his faction when they had allegedly made an abortive bid to split the party after Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) walked out of the Grand Alliance (GA) and formed the government with the BJP-led coalition in the state.

I welcome the decision of the party but I don’t deserve the way I was insulted and expelled from the party. I don’t want to leave the party but don’t have a choice. - Ashok Choudhary

As many as 14 MLAs and a few MLCs were said to be in the mood of rebellion and wanted to desert the party en-mass, which prompted the party high command to send senior leaders including Jyotiraditya Scindia to foil the bid. Later they were also called in by AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi at separate occasions to explain on their reported bid to desert the party.

Choudhary did not attend these meetings

Sources in the AICC said the new president might be named soon after Rahul Gandhi returned to New Delhi after his ongoing phase of Gujarat tour. Even otherwise, the new committee would be in place by October 15, as per the schedule of ongoing organisational polls.

(With ANI inputs)