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Ex Minister expelled from Congress
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 ITANAGAR, April 2 – In a major political development, former Arunachal Minister and sitting MLA, Kalikho Pul has been expelled from Congress party for a period of six years for his alleged involvement in anti-party activities, according to party sources.

“Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee does hereby expel Kalikho Pul, MLA from the membership of Indian National Congress for a period of six years with immediate effect for anti-party activities,” APCC president Padi Richo said in a release here.

The Congress MLA from Hayuliang Assembly Constituency, Pul, who was previously holding the charge of Health & Family Welfare department, was dropped from Nabam Tuki Ministry on December 24 last year.

Giriraj effigy burnt: Meanwhile, enraged at the alleged racist comment of Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) today organised a protest rally at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, the State headquarters of the party in Itanagar, slamming the provocative remarks of the Union Minister and burnt the effigy of the BJP leader.

Giriraj had made a provocative statement in Bihar’s Hajipur on Tuesday that “If former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had married a Nigerian lady…then would the Congress have accepted her leadership?” A day earlier, State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC president Padi Richo strongly condemned the racist comment of Giriraj on Sonia Gandhi and demanded a public apology from the Union Minister.

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