The Hush Post, Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Wednesday said the party had expelled 23 leaders, including former state NSUI chief Yadupati Thakur, for anti-party activities during the recent state Assembly polls. Four leaders from Shahpur and another four from Nalagarh and three each from Dharamsala, Indora, Nachan, Sarkaghat and Baijnath were expelled from the primary membership of the Congress. They will not be part of the Congress for a period of six years. In many constituencies, Theog, Shimla Urban, Dharamsala, Mandi Sadar, Baijnath, Nachan there were either rebel candidates or proxy candidates, who were formerly part of the Congress but fighting as independents. This, the party insiders believe, may have dented the performance of the Congress in the recently held elections even though they are sure to ride back to the Assembly with a majority.
Assembly polls were held in the state on November 9 and the counting of votes will take place on 18 December. Notably, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, the party president and current Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh have been, for the past many years, at loggerheads with eachother. Many proxy candidates are known to be close to the CM.