Cong issues show-cause notices to 150 leaders 

Allegation of anti-party activities

Bhopal: The disciplinary committee of the Madhya Pradesh Congress has taken action against nearly 150 local leaders accused of engaging in “anti-party” activities during the November 2023 state assembly polls. The notices, issued on Friday, require responses within 10 days, and failure to provide satisfactory explanations may result in expulsion from the party, according to a party official.

During the meeting of the state Congress’s disciplinary committee, Ashok Singh, the committee chief and MPCC treasurer, emphasized that the party would consider taking action against those found guilty of “anti-party” activities if they failed to submit satisfactory replies within the specified timeframe.

This move by the Congress comes more than a month after the assembly poll results were announced. It is part of the party’s efforts to streamline its internal affairs before the general elections, sending a clear message that internal sabotage and indiscipline will not be tolerated.

The party’s strict stance is in response to numerous complaints from the majority of the 164 nominees who lost the polls, attributing their defeat to “internal sabotage.” A senior Congress functionary warned that expulsion awaits those who do not provide satisfactory explanations in response to the notices.

During meetings of the state Congress’s election and political affairs committees earlier this month, defeated candidates and district officer-bearers demanded strong action against those perceived to have worked against the party’s interests.

In the disciplinary committee’s Friday meeting, members endorsed the decision to expel party rebels who contested the assembly polls. The Congress has already expelled several rebels who defied leadership and ran against official candidates.

The ruling BJP secured a landslide victory in the assembly elections, winning 163 out of the total 230 seats and reducing the Congress tally to 66.

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