Shimla, Dec 4 (UNI) Taking a tough stand against its rebel candidates, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) today announced the expulsion of seven leaders from the primary membership of the party for six years.
Addressing mediapersons here, HPCC general secretary Kuldeep Singh Rathore said Mr Bambhar Thakur from Bilaspur Sadar, Mr Dharampal Thakur from Arki, Mr Prem Kaushal from Mewa, Mr Sanjay Rattan from Jawalaji, Mr Jagdish Sipaiya from Thural, Mr Dhanvir Thakur from Chopal and Ms Arvinder Kaur from Naduanta had been expelled for deciding to contest elections against the official party candidates.
''These leaders have been expelled due to their continuing anti party activities, which were considered to be against the interests of the party,'' he said.
He said the party's rebel candidate, Natha Singh, from Dharampur constituency in Mandi district, had been also suspended from the party. However, since Mr Singh was an AICC member, its disciplinary committee would take action against him, he added.
Alleging discrimination in the rejection of the nomination papers of Congress candidate Bodh Raj from Gangath constituency in Kangra district, he said the party had submitted a representation to the Election Commission in this regard and added it was a one-sided decision on the part of the returning officer.
He accused the BJP of ''divisionary tactics'', saying it was trying to divide the people on the basis of lower and upper Himachal.
This tactic of the BJP would not help it to come to power, he added.