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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 16 : Congress on Friday suspended three party workers in Kerala for being involved in an “unacceptable incident” in Kollam, after a video went viral showing them harassing a vegetable vendor for donation for the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”.
“Three party workers involved in an unacceptable incident in Kollam have been suspended with immediate effect,” K Sudhakaran, the president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee said.
“They do not represent our ideology and such behaviour is inexcusable. The party is crowdfunding small donations voluntarily unlike others who get corporate donations,” he said.
Party’s General Secretary Communication Jairam Ramesh called them ‘fringe elements’, adding that the incident should not have happened.
“The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has been doing crowdfunding for years. Their politics at the grassroots level is run by small donations. But what happened should not have happened,” Ramesh said in a tweet.
“These three were clearly fringe elements. The PCC President has taken immediate action against them,” he said.
Congress faced criticism after the video from Kollam showed party workers threatening the vegetable shop owner and ransacking his shops for not contributing “sufficient” money.
According to reports, the vegetable vendor was contributing Rs 500 for the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, while the Congress workers demanded Rs 2,000. The video showed Congress workers threatening the vendor and ransacking his shop.