The Congress party has suspended Khazan Singh, state unit general secretary of Haryana Congress, for speaking to Times Now, which the party has deemed an unfriendly channel, reports Tribune.
Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar issued the notice of suspension to Singh stating that his interaction with reporters of Times Now was "an act of indiscipline". Singh has reportedly been a Congress worker for 40 years.
The Congress party has ‘boycotted’ Times Now debates for several months now. According to sources in the news channel, no Congress leader participates in debates on the prime-time show Newshour, but they do appear to be giving sound-bytes or phone-bytes.
"We have suspended Haryana Congress general secretary Khazan Singh for six years for talking to the TV channel which the party has on principle been boycotting for months. No one in the party can on their own decide to speak to any TV channel. The person in question did not seek any permission and acted on his own against party line," Ashok Tanwar said, according to Tribune.
The interaction with Times Now reporters was reportedly over the Dhingra Commission report on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's land dealings.
Tribune also points out,
It, however, remains to be seen if the Congress will also suspend former Haryana minister Ajay Singh Yadav for participating in a Times Now debate on Rahul versus RSS battle on Thursday night. Sources said they had taken cognisance of Yadav breaking party discipline by visiting Times Now Studio.