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Two Congress men suspended for anti-party activities Saturday, September 29, 2001
News Source : TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AMEDABAD: Soon after the election wins, trouble has begun to brew in the Gujarat Congress with All-India Congress Committee member Irshadbaig Mirza alleging that Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Amarsinh Chaudhary was "out to ruin his career".
In the city, two Congress workers , Vishnu Patel and OP Sharma, from Sabarmati, have been suspended from the party for anti-party activities.
Mirza was reacting to Chaudhary's statement in an interview accusing Mirza of foisting candidates from the minorities in the Sabarkantha parliamentary constituency to divide the votebank in the by-polls that concluded recently. Chaudhary had also stated that he would bring Mirza's dissidence before the Congress high command, which seems to have put the AICC leader on a sticky wicket.
When contacted on Wednesday evening, Chaudhary completely denied the report and told TNN, "I have never made such allegations; it is totally baseless". He, however confirmed that he had suspended Patel and Sharma for anti-campaigns in the Sabarmati assembly constituency.
Incidentally, three Independent candidates from the minority group cornered at least 43,000 votes in Sabarkantha which the party believes are of the minorities and might have given a bigger margin to the Congress. This has led the party to do a lot of introspection.
Mirza stated that he had campaigned for the party in all possible segments of Sabarkantha and had no hand in diverting minority votes.
Meanwhile, the changing political scenario in the state is expected to have the Congress buy more time on appointing the Congress Legislature Party leader, say sources. With rumours that the BJP high command might have a change of guard, the Congress high command, which was to announce the CLP leader for Gujarat soon, may wait a while.
Now that Narhari Amin is in the State assembly, there are possibilities that he might take over the CLP mantle from Chaudhary.
News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]