Two weeks ago, the committee had issued notices to KV Thomas and Sunil Jakhar asking them to reply within a week on the allegations against them. Action was taken on both of them on Tuesday.
The Congress on Tuesday decided to remove former Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar and Kerala leader KV Thomas from all party posts and suspended five of its MLAs in Meghalaya for anti-party activities. The Congress Disciplinary Committee recommended action against Jakhar and initially it was decided to suspend him for two years but was later removed from party posts, easing his decision keeping in view his seniority in the party. .
In a meeting held in Delhi on Tuesday morning, the committee had recommended suspension of five Congress MLAs in Meghalaya for supporting the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) in the state, defying the party’s directives. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has approved the recommendations of the Disciplinary Panel. Sonia Gandhi had received a letter from Vincent Pala, president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee, about five MLAs who supported the current BJP-backed government there.
According to sources, the committee has said that it has discussed the issue extensively and decided to suspend MLAs Amrin Lyngdoh, PT Sawkimi, Kimpha Marabaniang, Myrlborn Siem and Mohendro Rapsang for a period of three years from the date of this meeting. Thomas from the State Political Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee. Sources said Jakhar’s issue was discussed and a decision was taken to remove him from all party posts.
Action recommended against Thomas and Jakhar
The disciplinary committee had on Tuesday recommended the removal of Sunil Jakhar from the party for two years and Thomas from three committees. However, Jakhar was later softened. After considering both, the committee had recommended suspension in a report submitted to the interim president of the party, Sonia Gandhi.
Two weeks ago, the committee had issued notices to KV Thomas and Sunil Jakhar asking them to reply within a week on the allegations against them. During this, Thomas sent his reply to the committee, but Jakhar did not respond. Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary had written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi demanding disciplinary action against Sunil Jakhar.
Chowdhary had said that Jakhar’s statement caused damage to the party. Former Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had also complained to Rahul Gandhi about Jakhar. At the same time, Kerala Congress President K Sudhakaran had also written a letter to Sonia demanding action against Thomas. Thomas had attended the CPI(M) program in Kannur despite the party’s refusal.
Thomas had reached the CPM’s conference
KV Thomas was issued a show-cause notice for attending a conference called by Congress’s main rival CPM in Kerala, while party chief Sonia Gandhi directed state leaders not to go against the state unit line on the matter. Had given. Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor was also invited to the same event on April 9, but after Sonia’s instruction, he did not attend, but Thomas went ahead.
At the same time, the committee recommended that five Meghalaya MLAs who supported the BJP be suspended for two years. Party President Sonia Gandhi will take the final call on the panel’s recommendations. The panel, headed by former Defense Minister AK Antony, has sent its recommendations to Gandhi.