With the passing of the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers in the Vidhan Sabha election 2017, the Pradesh Congress Committee has suspended for six years, the rebels who have defied the party leadership and maintained their opposition to the candidates chosen by the party high command. The list of those suspended from the party for six years includes the names of Aryendra Sharma, Navin Bisht and Rajni Rawat among others totaling to 25.
According to the Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesman Mathura Datt Joshi, the PCC president Kishore Upadhyay has stressed that discipline should be maintained by all the party workers and leaders.Stringent action will be taken against anyone – big or small—who crosses the line of party discipline to the detriment to the party. The list of those who have been suspended from the Congress for a period of six years includes Aryendra Sharma who is contesting as an independent candidate from Sahaspur constituency, Navin Bisht who is contesting as an independent from Dehradun Cantt seat, Rajni Rawat who is contesting as an independent from the Raipur constituency and Shoorveer Singh Sajwan among others. The others in the list of suspended party members include Lakshman Singh Negi, Haji Noor Hassan, Ramsingh Kaida, Gopal Chamoli, Rurailal Khandwal, Vijaypal Singh Rawat, Jitendra Tiwari, Brij Rani, Raveesh Bhateeja, KL Arya, Harendra S Bora, Devkinandan Shah, Eenu Bisht, Kuber Sibngh Kathayat, Pradeep Thapliyal, Prakash Chandra Ramola, Vipul Jain, Ajay Sonkar, TC Bharti, Vijaylakshmi Gusain and Sarika Pradhan.
The PCC chief spokesman further stated that these 25 had been suspended from the Congress party as part of disciplinary action taken against those who did not withdraw the nomination they had filed to contest the election against the official candidate of the Congress party. Meanwhile, the PCC chief Kishore Upadhyay has reiterated that strict action will be taken against anyone crossing the line of party discipline, irrespective of the seniority of the position they occupy in the party organisation in Uttarakhand. Observers opine that the Congress may have suspended the 25 rebels contesting the Assembly election against the party’s authorised candidates but the suspension will not deter the rebels from contesting the polls.