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Punjab Congress Expels 7 Rebels After they fail to withdraw Candidatures

January 26, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: With less then two weeks to go for the state assembly elections the Punjab unit of the Congress party on Wednesday  expelled its Seven rebel candidates permanently from the party after they refused to withdraw from the poll race even after the final warning from Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh.

In a press note released by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) office the party said that they had been “expelled permanently from the primary membership of the party for anti-party activities with immediate effect.”

Capt Amarinder Singh [File Photo]

Those expelled are Ashok Sharma, Gurbinder Singh Atwal, Jagmeet Singh Sahota, Hemraj Aggarwal, Manjit Singh Mann, Amarjit Singh Gharu and Rajinder Deepa.

It was on Sunday that Captain Amarinder Singh had  issued a final ultimatum to the rebel candidates who continued to defy the party diktat to withdraw their candidature or retire from the poll fray. The rebels were given time till 5 p.m. on Tuesday to step down in favor of the Congress candidates in their respective constituencies.

While several rebel candidates had earlier been persuaded by the party leadership to take back their nominations before the last date given by the Election Commission of India, a handful of them remain defiant and did not withdraw their papers. They were on Sunday given another 48 hours to leave the race for the official Congress candidates. However, these seven party members failed to toe the party line within the deadline.

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