Congress MLA from Chhattisgarh, RK Rai, was suspended on Tuesday for "anti-party" activities following which he made "derogatory" comments against party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. The decision was taken during a state coordination committee meeting in Raipur.
"With the unanimous decision of the members of Coordination Committee, Rai has been suspended from the party," All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary in-charge of Chhattisgarh BK Hariprasad told reporters.
He said that the panel had recommended to the party's central disciplinary committee that Rai, an MLA from Gunderdehi, be dismissed from the party.
Rai, who didn't seem disappointed by the decision, said that the action was taken against him following his remarks against Gandhi:
I was told the action has been taken against me for making comments against Rahul Gandhi (in the past). I can't call a donkey a horse. If the party feels my observation is wrong then either it is blind or (is) acting like a blind person. I am not at all sad with the move because I am a true and vocal tribal representative. I am free now," Raid said.
Rai added that the decision has exposed the "anti-tribal" face of the Congress party.
The state branch of the party had issued a show cause notice to Rai last week for "anti-party activities" and making statements against the party publicly.