Disciplinary panel leaves fate of warring leaders to state Cong chief
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee's disciplinary committee on Monday recommended withdrawing notices against five party workers, while it left it to the state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to take a final call on former All India Mahila Congress president Anita Verma and former legislator Rajinder Rana who were issued show-causes notices for breach of discipline.punjab Updated: Jun 22, 2015 22:34 IST
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee's disciplinary committee on Monday recommended withdrawing notices against five party workers, while it left it to the state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu to take a final call on former All India Mahila Congress president Anita Verma and former legislator Rajinder Rana who were issued show-causes notices for breach of discipline
The disciplinary committee under the chairmanship of AN Vidyarthi met here at the Congress headquarters, Rajiv Bhawan, on Monday. The meeting was attended by committee members, including former legislator Krishna Mohini, Kuldeep Singh Rathore and Naresh Chauhan.
The meeting was convened to discuss a brawl at the Block Congress Committee Sujanpur meeting on April 7, held in the presence of state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.
The Congress had served show-cause notices to Verma and Rana after their supporters entered into brawl in the presence of Sukhu who took a serious note of the factionalism.
Rana's supporters had alleged that Sujanpur Block Congress Committee president Kuldeep Singh Bedi owing allegiance to Verma had deliberately not addressed Rana during the meeting.
"Following the incident, on the directions of Sukhu, the HPCC had issued show-cause notices to Rana, Verma and Bedi," Congress chief spokesperson Naresh Chauhan told HT.
Rana appeared in person before the disciplinary committee and apprised the committee members of the incident both in writing and verbally. "The committee also examined the written replies of former Verma and Bedi who pleaded innocence," Chauhan said.
After examining the three leaders' explanation on the incident, the disciplinary committee on Monday submitted a report to Sukhu for further action.
"The committee also forwarded recommendations to Sukhu for withdrawal of showcase notices and expulsion of party workers MLA Ishwar Das Dhiman, Brij Mohan Soni from Nadaun, Naveen Tanwar from Manali, Anurag Prarthi from Manali and DD Sharma," he added.
It is pertinent to mention that Rana, a one time trusted aide of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, had rebelled during the 2012 assembly elections and contested as an independent candidate from Sujanpur.
After he won the elections, Rana became an associate member of the Congress and contested the Lok Sabha elections against Dhumal's elder son Anurag Thakur on a Congress ticket that further deepened factionalism in the Sujanpur block.