Congress expels Mohali senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor for anti-party activities

On Friday, Congress expelled Senior Deputy Mayor of Mohali Amrik Singh Somal and Deputy Mayor Kuljeet Singh Bedi from the party for six years for anti-party activities.

The orders, issued by state Congress Speaker Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, come a month after Mohali Mayor Amarjit Singh Sidhu, along with his brother and former cabinet minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, moved from Congress. to the BJP on June 4.

Despite joining the BJP and Congress having a majority in the 50-member MC House, Amarjit continues to hold the mayoral seat, allegedly with the backing of Congress advisers, who were allegedly won over by Somal and Bedi .

In the MC House of 50, Congress has 37 advisers, 11 advisers are from the Azad group, while two are independents.

Shortly after their expulsion, Somal and Bedi held an emergency meeting with the councillors, who assured them of their full support. Both leaders also denied joining any other political party.

During the meeting, the duo called the party’s decision “unfortunate”, which hurt them a lot.

Somal said he had been associated with Congress since his retirement and had worked for the party as a loyal soldier. “The people of Mohali elected me and appointed me as the first deputy mayor, and I rose above any form of politics to serve them. I have never taken action against the party and I do not never talked about leaving him,” he said.

Stating he was saddened by the party’s decision, Bedi said he had just met Warring on Thursday and yet he had been sacked without notice, adding that the Punjab Congress had already suffered a great loss by making such dictatorial decisions. . He said he had worked as a loyal congress worker since 1992 after joining its youth wing and did not know why he was kicked out.

Congress District Unit Leader Rishav Jain, who is also a councillor, said, “How can a BJP mayor be supported by Congress councillors? The state congress speaker will meet with councilors next week and decide on the next course of action.


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