The Congress on Saturday expelled Acharya Pramod Krishnam from the party for "indiscipline" and making repeated statements against the party. Krishnam, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Lucknow on a Congress ticket but lost, had recently praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Ram temple consecration ceremony in Ayodhya and criticised the Congress' stance of its leadership skipping the event. "In view of complaints about indiscipline and repeatedly making statement against the party, Congress president has approved the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee's proposal to expel Shri Pramod Krishnam for six years with immediate effect," a statement issued by Congress general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal said.
In view of the complaints of indiscipline and repeated statements against the party, the Congress President has approved the proposal of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee to expel Pramod Krishnam from the party for six years with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/6oRb4ezKRB— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2024
Krishnam, a spiritual leader, stirred controversy recently by aligning with the BJP on the Ram temple consecration matter. He garnered attention when he invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of the Kalki Dham temple in Sambhal, scheduled for February 19. While attending the ‘Prana Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya, Krishnam defended his actions, stating, "There is no bar on attending the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla, so being there was not a crime",he had said.