Congress Suspends 37 Leaders In Himachal Pradesh For 'Anti-Party Activities'

| February 8 , 2018 , 16:42 IST

The 'saffron wave' of the BJP swept through Himachal Pradesh as well, winning the party the state which had been under the rule of the Congress party, causing the grand old party to rethink the situation in Himachal Pradesh.

The Congress has suspended 37 of its leaders in Himachal Pradesh, including 2 former ministers, 2 former MLAs and an ex-president of the NSUI for a total of 6 years for their 'anti-party' activities during the last assembly elections. The primary membership of the suspended leaders has also been cancelled.

As the Congress analysed its defeat in Himachal Pradesh, many felt that the party could have won the assembly polls if infighting and factionalism had not afflicted it. The presence of 'rebels' on many seats was said to be responsible for the defeat in the party candidates, in the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections where the BJP won 44 seats and Congress won only 21.

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Before the Himachal Pradesh elections, taking place on November 9, 2017, state party president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and the then chief minister Virbhadra Singh had expressed confidence in a Congress win.

Following recommendations from Congress candidates and block and district committees to take strict action against those involved in anti-party activities, the suspensions were announced.

The suspended Congress leaders include former minister Rangila Ram Rao from Sarkaghat, former minister Tek Chand Dogra from Nachan, Damodar Dass Chauhan from Nachan; Raghuvir Singh, Raptan Bodh, Rajender Karpa and Deepak Thakur, all four from Lahaul-Spiti.

Promila Devi, former candidate from Bhoranj; Upender Kant Mishra from Ani; Satpal from Ani; Karun Sharma, former NSUI president from Una; Rishi Sharma from Palampur; former MLA Manjeet Dogra from Barsar; Kuldeep Bedi, former block president, Sujanpur; Bobby Thakur from Sujanpur; Vinod from Hamirpur; and Jugal Kishore, former block president, Hamirpur were also suspended.

Other leaders suspended are: Jasbir, Mahender Kumar, Ashwani Thakur, Ram Lubhaya, Madhusudan, Devi Kumar and Gurucharana, all from Gagret. Anil Prabha, Rajesh Verma, Uajagar Chaudhary, all from Jawalamukhi. Nalagarh's Satnam Singh Rana, Prince Sharma, Mahesh Gautam. Gurmel Singh from Doon; Umesh Bhardwaj from Baijnath; Baldev Thakur from Balh; Shankar Singh from Shri Naina Deviji; Darshan Thakur from Rampur; Ishwar Singh Laktu from Rampur; and Intezar Ali from Paonta Sahib.