Mayawati’s BSP was Wednesday hit by a fresh rebellion when two of its MLAs accused the party leadership of demanding money from them in return for tickets to contest the Assembly elections due next year.
Pallia MLA Harvinder Kumar and Mallawan MLA Brijesh Verma alleged that both of them were called to Mayawati’s residence on July 6 where BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui asked them to deposit Rs 5 crore and Rs 4 crore, respectively, to contest the elections. They alleged that they were “warned” that their candidature would be cancelled if they did not pay up.
“When we expressed inability to pay the money, we were asked to forget about the Assembly elections and told to prepare for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Verma said.
Kumar and Verma, however, said that they were not resigning from the party. Rejecting the charge, the BSP suspended the two MLAs, saying they were making “baseless allegations” after being denied tickets to contest the elections. In June, the party had expelled the two but revoked the decision earlier this month after they tendered a written apology.