A KUOMINTANG disciplinary committee recommended yesterday that the party membership of two rebellious vice-chairmen be revoked because they campaigned for the opposition New Party in the December 2 Legislative Yuan election. The decision to drop former Judicial Yuan president Lin Yang-kang and ex-premier Hau Pei-tsun from the party roll will probably be finalised by the ruling party's central standing committee in its weekly meeting this morning, pending possible appeals by the two vice-chairmen. If confirmed, the move would formalise the departure of the two leading right-wing rivals to President and KMT chairman Lee Teng-hui from the ruling party less than 100 days before Taiwan's first presidential poll. Mr Lin and Mr Hau intend to run as independents against Mr Lee and premier Lien Chan, who are the KMT's official nominees, but analysts say the formal break will not significantly influence the results. Chin Kai-hsin, director-general of the KMT's Evaluation and Discipline Committee, said the body decided on the move 'unanimously' after intense discussion in a 21/2-hour meeting. Mr Chin said that all 21 attending members agreed that evidence clearly showed that the two had 'seriously violated party discipline' through 'violating party resolutions, damaging party welfare and image, and attacking the party or its comrades' while campaigning for candidates of the New Party, which broke away from the KMT in August 1993. Most members called for Mr Lin's and Mr Hau's expulsion, but Mr Chin said others urged leniency based on the impact on KMT unity and the pair's 'past contributions'. He said the committee accepted his proposals to 'recommend the cancellation of party membership' and refer the final decision to the central standing committee as 'the middle road'. KMT secretary-general Hsu Shui-teh said after the meeting that the central standing committee 'will respect the committee's resolution' and that the move 'was made for the unity of the party'. Outside the party headquarters about 50 demonstrators, led by prospective KMT National Assembly candidate Tsai Chung-chi of Taipei county, shouted for Mr Hau's expulsion and held up banners such as 'Running Dogs of the New Party, Get Out!' Nearby, Chou Ching-yu, a right-wing activist and unsuccessful legislative candidate, continued a hunger strike to protest at the punishment of Mr Lin and Mr Hau. After consulting Mr Hau yesterday afternoon, Mr Lin said neither would attend the central standing committee meeting 'as we fear that mass conflict may occur and we wish to maintain good social order'. Mr Lin later added that his lack of attendance today would show that he did not recognise the decision to censure him and to cancel his membership. 'I will retain the right in the future to reform the Kuomintang,' he said. After hearing news of the decision, Mr Hau said: 'Do they have this right? I don't think I'll recognise it.'