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Raj Babbar suspended

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Raj Babbar

NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday suspended its two-time member of Parliament from Agra, Raj Babbar, from the Parliamentary Party on charges of "indiscipline" for his recent public statements against party general secretary Amar Singh.

A three-member committee led by senior MP Mohan Singh would probe whether the Congress or any other party had a hand in Mr. Babbar's tirade against Mr. Singh. Rajya Sabha MP Shahid Sidiqqui and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav's son, Akhilesh Yadav, who is a Lok Sabha MP, are other members of the panel.

Mr. Babbar's suspension came after he launched a fresh attack against Mr. Singh on Tuesday, accusing him of promoting "broker" culture and weakening the "secular" credentials of the party. The suspension letter was issued by leader of the Parliamentary Party Ramgopal Yadav, who later said the Lok Sabha Speaker was informed about the decision.

`Baseless' charges

In his letter, Prof. Yadav is reported to have told Mr. Babbar that his charges against Mr. Singh were "baseless" and amounted to "an act of indiscipline." He also suggested that Mr. Babbar's statements were made at the behest of the Congress.

Earlier, Mr. Babbar met Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Prakash Karat and apprised him of the developments.

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