Dehradun/New Delhi, March 21: The Congress on Monday expelled former chief minister Vijay Bahugu’s son Saket Bahugu and party joint secretary Anil Gupta for six years for “anti-party” activities as the political crisis in the Uttarakhand government deepened.
Saket Bahugu, a two-time Lok Sabha candidate from Tehri, was among the nine legislators who rebelled against Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s government. “The Congress discipliry action committee recommended to the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) that Saket and Anil should be expelled for anti-party activities. We accepted the recommendation of the discipliry committee and expelled them for six years,” State Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay told IANS. “The discipliry committee recommended that Saket was the mastermind of the whole crisis in Uttarakhand and must be expelled. The Congress party had given him Lok Sabha tickets twice. But he indulged in such indiscipline,” Upadhyay added.
He further said the party would not accept any kind of indiscipline and strict action would be taken against those who violate discipline. Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal had served notices to nine rebel Congress legislators, seeking their responses by March 26 on why they should not be disqualified from membership of the House for violating the party discipline and aligning with the opposition Bharatiya Jata Party. Uttarakhand’s political upheaval showed no sign of abating as both sides — Chief Minister Harish Rawat and rebel Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat — have hardened their stands. On Sunday, as the ruling coalition discussed how to prove its majority on the floor of the House by March 28 as mandated by Governor K.K.Paul, show cause notices were pasted on the houses of Congress rebel legislators. The chief minister persolly oversaw the sealing of the Vidhan Sabha office of Harak Singh Rawat, the former agriculture minister. Sources said there was a proper search of his office and some files were also seized. (IANS)