Congress expels 15 rebels in Chhattisgarh

November 9th, 2008 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Nov 9 (IANS) The opposition Congress party in Chhattisgarh Sunday expelled 15 party leaders who are contesting as rebels against official party nominees in the state’s assembly polls due Nov 14 and 20.Those expelled included two former ministers Tuleshwar Singh and Ganguram Baghel, contesting as Independents from Premnagar in Surguja district and Arang in Raipur district.

The rebels were expelled for six years after they refused to withdraw their nominations in favour of party’s official candidates.

The Congress has 34 members in the 90-member house and is contesting 87 seats on its own, leaving three to alliance partner, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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