Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam was expelled from the party for six years for indiscipline and anti-party remarks, according to an official statement issued on Saturday. The decision was taken by Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge following a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.
Krishnam had been critical of the party's decision to decline the invitation to the 'Pran Pratishtha' of Shri Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22. He also criticized the party's lack of preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the growing differences within the Opposition bloc, INDIA.
Krishnam praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the Ram Temple movement to a logical end. He said that had it not been for Modi, Ram Mandir would never have been a reality.
Krishnam also criticized Rahul Gandhi's ongoing 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra', saying that the Congress seemed to be gearing up for the "2029 elections" rather than the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
After the exit of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar from the Congress-led INDIA bloc, Krishnam said that the Opposition alliance no longer exists. He stated that the alliance was in critical condition and that Kumar had performed its last rites in Patna.