Days ahead of sixth=phase of the ongoing parliamentary polls, Congress party suspended a Muslim leader blaming him for indulging in anti-party activities.
Senior Congress leader and former MP Dr. Shakeel Ahmed was suspended on March 5 from Congress party for anti-party activities.
The order was issued by Congress national general secretary Motil Lal Vohra.
It is learnt that Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party acted against Dr Ahmed, as he is contesting Lok Sabha election as an independent candidate from Madhubani parliamentary constituency in Bihar against official nominee of Grand Alliance.
Along with Ahmed, party MLA from Benipatti Bhavana Jha, who has given support to Ahmed in the elections, has also been suspended by the party.
A total of 59 constituencies, spread over seven states, will go to the polls in this phase. Voting will take place for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh; all 10 in Haryana; eight each in West Bengal, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh; all seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand.
The phase will witness prominent candidates include Union Ministers and BJP leaders – Radha Mohan Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Maneka Gandhi, Narendra Singh Tomar, Krishan Pal Gurjar and Rao Inderjit Singh. BJP’s Pragya Singh Thakur and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav trying their luck to win the elections.
In Delhi, prominent candidates in the fray include Dr Harsh Vardhan, BJP’s Delhi Unit Chief Manoj Tiwari and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also from BJP, former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Shiela Dikshit and her party colleagues Ajay Maken and boxer Vijender Singh, Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha, Atishi and Dilip Pandey.
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2019 Parliamentary Elections has seven phases, voting for which commenced on 11 April and will last until 19 May. With five phases already completed, the remaining two phases of the elections are scheduled respectively on 12 May, and 19 May. Votes will be counted on 23 May 2019.