Fazilka (Punjab) [India], August 20 (ANI): Hours after his suspension from the Congress Party, Sandeep Jakhar questioned the party leadership, and said that the party should think about why it is unable to keep its people united.
Talking to ANI, the suspended leader said that he does not have any personal grudges with anyone in the party and added that whatever he did was not done ‘behind closed doors’.
“The party did whatever they found right. My focus is on my work and I’m doing it. My stand was clear from the very first day…Whatever work was done in the past one year was done in front of everybody. Nothing was done behind closed doors, unlike other leaders…,” he said on Saturday.
The Disciplinary Action Panel of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has suspended party MLA Sandeep Jakhar for “anti-party activities”.
The first-time MLA from Abohar, 46-year-old Sandeep Jakhar, is the nephew of current Punjab BJP president and former state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar.
However, the leader further asked why the party didn’t suspend him earlier if he did anything wrong.
“I do not have any personal grudges with anyone in the party. Some time ago, the Punjab party chief had said rubbish things against Sunial ji and I just had protested against this because I felt that that was wrong. But the question is why they did not suspend me earlier, but now. In fact, why did the party put a question mark by just suspending me, it should have expelled me. Party should think why leaders are quitting it and why it is unable to keep its people united ,” he added.
Jakhar, while reacting to the party’s allegation that a BJP flag has been flying on the top of his house, the leader said, “I live in a joint family”.
The suspension order, dated August 16, signed by Disciplinary Action Committee member secretary Tariq Anwar and addressed to Sandeep Jakhar read that Punjab PCC President has complained that Jakhar was indulging in anti-party activities.
The party further said that Sandeep is ‘openly’ defending his uncle and BJP’s Punjab President Sunil Jakhar.
Detailing the “anti-party activities”, it read, “You have not been participating in any of the party programmes including the Bharat Jodo Yatra; the house in which you stay is a common accommodation on which a BJP flag flies atop; you have been speaking against the party and the PCC President; you are openly defending your uncle Sunil Jakhar.”
“After careful consideration, the DAC has decided to place you under suspension from the party with immediate effect,” it added. (ANI)
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