Congress functionary suspended for supporting Sachin Pilot

Congress functionary suspended for supporting Sachin Pilot

Written By: / Wednesday, 15 July 2020 17:07

IT Correspondent

Mumbai, July 15:

Maharashtra Congress on Tuesday suspended estranged party leader Sanjay Jha “for anti-party activities” and his open support to Sachin Pilot, a rebel Congress leader attempting to topple the Ashok Gehlot Government in Rajasthan. 

“ Sanjay Jha has been suspended from the Congress Party with immediate effect for anti-party activities and breach of discipline”, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Balsaheb Thorat stated in a press release and also on twitter. 

Jha’s suspension came soon after he appeared in the programme “Left, right and centre” aired on NDTV. In the programme, he supported Pilot and criticised the Congress leadership. 

He was a national spokesperson for the Indian National Congress since 2013. However he was recently removed from that post. Subsequently he had resigned from the post of the  President of the All India Professionals Congress (AIPC), Maharashtra. That time he wrote “I have submitted my resignation as President, AlPC, Maharashtra. My political outspokenness conflicts with my official position. I am glad my signature #AIPCInteractive brand is being used by the Congress”. 

After pilot was sacked from the post of Deputy Chief Minister and President of the Rajasthan Congress on Tuesday,  Jha wrote on Twitter, “For five years Sachin Pilot gave his blood , tears, toil and sweat for the Congress party between 2013-18. The Congress came back from a wretched 21 seats to 100. We just gave him a performance bonus. We are so meritocratic. We are so transparent.” 

While Jha was suspended, other Congress leaders also endorsed the stand taken by Jha. Former Congress MP Priya Dutt from Mumbai, tweeted “ Another friend leaves the party. Both Sachin and Jyotiraditya (Scindia)  were colleagues & good friends Unfortunately our party has lost 2 stalwart young leaders with great potential. I don’t believe being ambitious is wrong. They have worked hard through the most difficult times”. 

Similarly Congress leader Jitin Prasada tweeted “ Sachin Pilot is not just a colleague but my friend. No one can take away the fact that all these years he has worked with dedication for the party. Sincerely hope the situation can still be salvaged. Sad it has come to this”.

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