Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expelled Haryana Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi from all party positions with immediate effect, including the post of special invitee to the Congress Working Committee. Haryana Congress sources had previously indicated that action was being taken against Adampur MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi for cross-voting in the Rajya Sabha polls.
Mr Bishnoi made headlines just before the June 10 polls to the House of Lords for his cryptic tweets ahead of the elections for two Rajya Sabha seats in Haryana.
Congressional candidate Ajay Maken, many of whom assumed he was sure to win, failed to secure a Rajya Sabha seat after Mr Bishnoi voted and another MLA’s vote was invalidated.
According to the congress, Mr Bishnoi, instead of voting for the party candidate, Mr Maken, voted for Kartikeya Sharma, who had entered the contest as an independent candidate supported by the BJP and its ally Jannayak Janata party.
“The Congress President has immediately removed Kuldeep Bishnoi from all his current party positions, including the post of Special Invite to the Congress Working Committee,” said a statement from AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal.
Bishnoi had not attended any of his legislators’ party meetings and had said he voted conscientiously.
In a cryptic tweet in Hindi on Saturday, he said: ‘I know how to crush a snake’s hood. I don’t leave the jungle for fear of snakes.” He is said to have sulked because he was sidelined during the renewal of the party’s state unit.
After the Rajya Sabha results were announced, the chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, when answering a question about Mr Bishnoi voting for Mr Sharma, said that the congress leader did it by checking his “inner conscience”. listen.
“The party will welcome him if he joins it,” Mr Khattar had said, speaking of the rebel leader’s likelihood of jumping from ships.
Bishnoi, a prominent non-Jat face in Haryana, is the son of the former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress Leader the late Bhajan Lal.