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The News Minute | February 21, 2015 | 04.20 pm IST An obvious rift within the Congress has become more prominent after senior Congress leader Chidambaram expressed 'shock' over the expulsion of six Congress members and his supporters in Coimbatore. Six members of the Coimbatore District Pradesh Committee were expelled from the party after they tried to block TNCC president EVKS Elangovan’s car and raised slogans. Soon after, the members were suspended for acting against the party. However, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has now expressed his shock at the expulsion of the six men, one of whom include the state secretary of the party’s trade union wing, reported Times of India. In a statement , Chidambaram said, "I strongly condemn this action. A member of the party cannot be expelled without seeking explanation, inquiry and endorsement of the party's disciplinary committee,” The six Coimbatore-based loyalists of Chidambaram, (Kovai Selvan, V Thirumurthi, Kattoor Somu, AM Rafeeq, Srinivasan and J Hariharan), had reacted by blocking Elangovan’s car after after Elangovan had made a ‘quit’ remark allegedly hinting at Chidambaram and his son, reported PTI. Chidambaram has urged the party power at the Centre to intervene and take action.  
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