Sanjay Jha has been suspended from the Congress, with immediate effect, for “anti-party activities and breach of discipline”.
First, Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Now, Sachin Pilot.
Watch this space!
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) July 14, 2020
After this tweet a notice was issued by Maharashtra Congress and signed by Balasaheb Thorat, chief of the party’s state unit, was issued minutes after he appeared on NDTV’s “Left, Right and Centre”.
Shri Sanjay Jha has been suspended from the Congress Party with immediate effect for anti-party activities and breach of discipline. pic.twitter.com/TaT0gWbCc7
— Maharashtra Congress (@INCMaharashtra) July 14, 2020
“Nothing surprises me. What are the anti-party activities I indulged in? The least the Congress could have done was to approach me,” Mr Jha said in his immediate reaction to the suspension.
“We are showing an extremely intolerant culture,” he said, noting he was neither consulted nor spoken to before the suspension. In his twitter post, he also mentioned that ” For five years Sachin Pilot gave his blood, tears, toil and sweat for the congress party between 2013-2018. The congress came back from a wretched 21 seats to 100. We just gave him a performance bonus. We are so meritocratic. We are so transparent”.
चमन पर जब वक्त पड़ा तो लहू हमने दिया, बहार आई तो कहते हैं तुम्हारा काम नहीं… https://t.co/mMcQnLuCL8
— Arvind Jha (@jalajboy) July 14, 2020
Mr Jha, a veteran leader of the Congress, was last month removed as party spokesperson after a critical takedown of his party in an article.
Shortly after the article was published, he doubled down on his criticism, tweeting that the Congress had “drifted far” from its democratic, tolerant and liberal values.
“Pandit Nehru once wrote a self-critical piece anonymously in a newspaper warning against becoming autocratic. That is the true Congress; democratic, liberal, tolerant, inclusive. We have drifted far from those values. Why?” Mr Jha tweeted on June 18.
He stressed, however, that he remained a “committed, fearless ideological soldier” of the party.
The Congress’s action comes amid chaos in Rajasthan, where the Ashok Gehlot government is teetering on the edge of collapse after Sachin Pilot’s open revolt