The BSP Monday expelled four party leaders, including two sitting MLAs, Harvinder Kumar alias Romi Sahni from Pallia seat of Lakhimpur Kheri district and Brajesh Kumar from Bilgram Mallawan seat of Hardoi district, on charges of “indiscipline” and “anti-party activities”.
With this, the BSP has ousted its eight sitting MLAs in less than a week.
The other two leaders expelled from the party are former MLC Arvind Kumar Tripathi alias Guddu Tripathi, and Rajesh Valmiki, of Lakhimpur Kheri, who was divisional coordinator in Devipatan division. Tripathi, who is brother-in-law of senior party leader and former MP Brajesh Pathak, had earlier been assured of a ticket from Lucknow Cantonment seat, but was later replaced with Yogesh Dixit.
In a statement, BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddiqui and Rajya Sabha member Ashok Siddharth, who are coordinators for Lucknow division, said that these leaders were expelled for showing “indiscipline” and “being involved in anti-party activities”.
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The expulsion comes after Mayawati last month assured all the party MLAs that they will be given tickets to contest next year’s Assembly elections. Soon after the Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections got over, the party had on June 14 expelled its six MLAs over various charges. The party had expelled Tasleem Ahmed (MLA from Najibabad seat in Bijnor district), Uday Lal Maurya (Shivpur seat in Varanasi), Rajesh Tripathi (Chillupar seat in Gorakhpur), Bala Prasad Awasthi (Mohammadi seat in Kheri), Chhote Lal Verma (Fatehabad seat in Agra), and Mahavir Singh Rana (Behat seat in Saharanpur).
While the expulsion of six MLAs was linked to their voting against party candidates in Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections, Monday’s expulsions were for different reasons. Sahni, who was expelled on Monday, had even attended Mayawati’s meeting in Lucknow on Sunday.
The MLAs could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts.