New Delhi: Taking cue from the BJP regarding action against rebels, the Congress has expelled five local leaders for six years from the party for working against official candidates in the Delhi municipal elections.

The expelled leaders are Varsha Monga, Vikram Singh Gautam, Sangeeta Behl, Rajiv Behl and Nafisa Khatoon, Delhi Congress chief J P Agarwal said in a statement. The party had denied poll tickets to these five leaders.

Monga, Gautam and Sangeeta are contesting as Independents against party candidates in Andrews Ganj, Kalyanpuri and Subhash Nagar wards, respectively. Sangeeta's husband Rajiv was expelled for campaigning for her while Khatoon is leading the electioneering for her husband in Sultanpur Marza.

Ahead of the MCD elections on April 15, the BJP has already expelled 14 of their local leaders for working against party candidates and the  Congress has last week expelled four local leaders on charges of indiscipline

Monga was Congress' candidate in the 2007 municipal polls in Andrews Ganj but lost to her BJP rival Savita while Khatoon was the sitting councillor from Sultanpur Mazra. Sangeeta contested from Hari Nagar ward last time while Gautam contested from Kondli ward. They came third in the elections.