Shakeel Ahmed, the Rebel Congress Leader, Suspended from Party for 6 Years
The decision was taken after Shakeel Ahmed decided to fight polls as an independent. Congress said that he has been suspended for anti-party activities.
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New Delhi: Rebel Congress candidate Shakeel Ahmed, who announced to fight independently from Madhubani Lok Sabha constituency, has been suspended for six years for anti-party activities.
According to a release issued by AICC general secretary Motilal Vora at New Delhi, shared by the party's state unit here, Ahmed — who had won the Madhubani seat for the Congress in 2004 "has been suspended with immediate effect" for going against the party decision.
Ahmed, a former Union minister who has represented Madhubani in the Lok Sabha, had filed his nomination papers in two sets — as a Congress candidate and as an Independent. He withdrew the former after the party declined his request for allotting the party symbol.
Besides, Congress MLA Bhavana Jha, who represents Benipatti assembly segment falling under Madhubani, has been suspended "for anti-party activities".
Notably, Jha had accompanied Ahmed when he filed his nomination papers last month and has since been claiming that he enjoyed the support of the district Congress notwithstanding the party leaderships refusal to heed the former Union ministers request for a "friendly fight".
The seat has fallen into the kitty of fledgling outfit Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) which is a constituent of the Mahagathbandhan besides Congress, RJD, RLSP and HAM. Currently it is held by BJP veteran Hukumdev Narayan Yadav who has been replaced by his son Ashok Yadav this time.
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