Former Punjab Congressman Sunil Jakhar resigned from the party on Saturday, hours after removing all references to Congress from his social media. Jakhar had been outraged at the congressional leadership ever since the party took action against him for alleged anti-party activities.
The party decided to remove Jakhar from all party posts for two years two weeks ago on the recommendation of the disciplinary committee. The congressman had since considered his political options.
Earlier on Saturday, he went live on Facebook with his “dil ki baat”, after which he released the congress from his social media.
Jakhar had accused the Supreme Command of the Congress of listening to a certain Punjab leader on the issue of the CM’s appointment following the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh. He said that even after three generations of his family had sat in Congress for 50 years, “he was deprived of all party posts” because he “did not go on the party line.”
In March, Jakhar had called former Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi responsible for the party after Congress lost to the Aam Aadmi party in the by-elections. “Not the top champion, but his [Channi’s] his own greed dragged him and the party down, ”Jakhar had said in a tweet.
Some party leaders, including former Minister Raj Kumar Verka, had demanded action against him after accusing Jakhar of using offensive language against Channi and the planned casting community during a television interview. But Jakhar had denied the allegations, saying his statement was distorted and taken out of context.
Jakhar had claimed that the party did not choose him as the prime ministerial candidate because he is Hindu, according to a report from Indian Express.
Jakhar was among the forerunners for the post of prime minister after Amarinder Singh was ousted last year. The chances that Jakhar would become prime minister disappeared after the statement from party leader Ambika Soni, who had said that the party should go with a Sikh face.
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