THE BSP on Monday said former MP Brajesh Pathak was expelled from the party in Agra on Sunday for demanding tickets for his relatives in the 2017 Assembly polls.
In a statement, party general secretary Satish Chandra Misra said BSP chief Mayawati had decided to expel Pathak when he met her at the venue of her rally in Agra to seek tickets for his wife, brother and brother-in-law. Misra claimed Mayawati had authorised him to sack Pathak.
“Pathak had contested the 2002 elections as a Congress candidate from Mallawan but lost to BSP… He later joined BSP and was given the ticket from Unnao Lok Sabha seat in 2004 after he promised to remain dedicated to the party all his life,” Misra said.
He added that Pathak’s wife Namrata had lost the 2012 UP polls though she had been appointed the vice-chairperson of UP Women’s Commission, a position with the rank of a minister.
Misra said after losing the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Pathak requested Mayawati to re-nominate him for Rajya Sabha and also sought tickets for his wife, brother Rajesh and brother-in-law Guddu Tripathi for the 2017 polls. “But the party high command clarified to him that BSP will not give tickets to promote nepotism,” he claimed.
Misra said Pathak was not given any responsibility in the BSP for the last one year, and was not the party’s media in-charge. “The former MP had no responsibility in (Mayawati’s August 21) Agra rally and was not its media convener,” he added.
Misra said Pathak had gone to Agra only to meet Mayawati to seek tickets for his relatives. “Despite the party having clarified that nepotism does not work in BSP and no family members can be given tickets, this was seen as an act of indiscipline… He was told he can go anywhere he wants because there is no place for him in the BSP,” he added.