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BJP expels rebel MLA Saryu Roy for contesting against Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

Roy, a former state minister, contested against Chief Minister and incumbent Jamshedpur East MLA Raghubar Das as an Independent candidate after he was denied a ticket by the saffron. He alleges the act was done on the behest of CM Raghubar Das.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 9, 2019 10:06:36 pm
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Rebel BJP leader Saryu Roy was expelled from the party for six years after he contested in the Jharkhand Assembly elections against Chief Minister and incumbent Jamshedpur East MLA, Raghubar Das.

Roy, a former state minister, contested  as an Independent candidate after he was denied a ticket by the saffron party. Roy alleged he was denied a ticket at the behest of CM Raghubar Das.

Polling in Jamshedpur East was held on December 7 during the second phase. Apart from Das and Roy, Congress’ Gourav Vallabh and JVM’s Abhay Singh are also in the fray from the constituency. The results will be announced on December 23.

Earlier, Roy had initially said that he would contest from both Jamshedpur East and West, but filed nomination from only the former seat. He told the media that he would not beg for a party ticket.

Read | BJP rebel’s decision to contest elections changes political equations in Jamshedpur

“I tolerated a lot of corruption issues… I have been working for the party for long. The PM says he is my friend. But even then, if no one listens to me, then what should I say?” Roy had said in an interview with The Indian Express.

The former BJP leader is also credited with sending two former CMs to jail — in 1996, his letter to the then finance commissioner, alleging “fraudulent and excess withdrawals” from state treasuries in then united Bihar by Animal Husbandry department officials with fake bills led to various convictions, including that of Lalu Prasad, and he also flagged corrupt practices of various ministers in the Madhu Koda government in Jharkhand and flagged “irregularities” in allotment of iron ore mines.

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