Congress suspends `tainted' Councillor

NEW DELHI, AUG. 14. Shaken by the adverse impact of the bribery case involving a senior Congress leader in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, has convened an emergency meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on August 23 to discuss the fallout.

A large number of MLAs met Ms. Dikshit and senior leaders of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today demanding strong action including breaking up of the civic body into smaller municipalities to save the party from any further embarrassment.

The Congress high command today suspended the tainted Councillor Ashok Jain from the party for six years. On the other hand, Ms. Dikshit convened an emergency of the Cabinet at her residence to discuss the situation arising out of the conduct of the Councillors. It is learnt that about 40 MLAs of the ruling Congress met the Chief Minister and demanded immediate steps to discipline the Congress Councillors in view of the growing incidence of corruption involving the elected representatives of the civic body.

It is also learnt that Ms. Dikshit held discussions with the AICC leader in-charge of Delhi, Ashok Gehlot, who is understood to have been given the green signal to discuss the issue in the CLP and suggest remedial action.

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