Two-time MP Ahmed suspended from Congress for contesting as independent

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 06, 2019, 04:02 PM

Former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shakeel Ahmed, has been expelled from the Congress for contesting as an Independent candidate in the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. 
Ahmed, who has represented the Madhubani constituency of Bihar twice in the Lower House, had expressed his discontent a few weeks ago, with not being given his traditional seat. As per a seat-sharing pact, Congress alliance Vikasshil Insan Party, has been allocated the Madhubani seat. 
The alliance dictates that the Congress will contest 9 seats out of the total 40 parliamentary seats in Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal will contest 20, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party five seats, while Jitan Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha and Mukesh Sahni’s Vikasshil Insan Party will contest three seats each. 
The press release by the All India Congress Committee on Sunday, 5 May, just one day ahead of polling in the constituency, declared that Ahmed has been suspended, for contesting as an independent candidate from the Madhubani seat “against the party’s decision”. 
The three-time Bihar MLA spoke to reporters and said that he had “demanded the support of the party”, failing which he will contest as an Independent.
Madhubani is one of the five seats of Bihar which have gone to poll today. Voter turnout in the constituency was recorded at around 42.65% by 4:00 pm. 

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