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Kangra MP Sushant quits BJP

chandigarh Updated: Jan 10, 2014 19:37 IST
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Kangra MP Rajan Sushant has quit the primary membership of the BJP besides resigning from the parliamentary seat.


Sushant, who is currently in New Delhi, handed over his resignation to party president Rajnath Singh. Sushant said he was feeling suffocated in the party. He also held the growing corruption in the BJP responsible for the move.

Sushant was suspended from the party two years ago when he had floated non-political outfit Himachal Adhikhar Manch and targeted the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP government over corruption.

When contacted in New Delhi, Sushant said, "Himachal Pradesh has become a private limited company of Dhumals. Corruption in the state is growing under former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son, while party leaders like national general secretary JP Nadda and former chief minister Shanta Kumar are patronising them."

He claimed that the BJP was no longer the same old party with a difference; there was no place for honest and hardworking people there.

Amid speculations that he would join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Sushant said, "I will decide the next course of action only after consulting my friends and supporters." When asked about AAP, he said, "I am in touch with them, let's see what happens next."

He said, "I am from a BJP background, so there is no question of going to the Congress, which is equally corrupt, so I will be looking for a non-BJP, non-Congress party."

State BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti told HT, "Sushant was suspended from the party two years ago. His antics are known to one and all. His wife contested the assembly election from Fatehpur against the official candidate and his son joined the breakaway faction of our party -- Himachal Lokhit Party."

Kangra MP Rajan Sushant has quit the primary membership of the BJP besides resigning from the parliamentary seat.


Sushant, who is currently in New Delhi, handed over his resignation to party president Rajnath Singh. Sushant said he was feeling suffocated in the party. He also held the growing corruption in the BJP responsible for the move.

Sushant was suspended from the party two years ago when he had floated non-political outfit Himachal Adhikhar Manch and targeted the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP government over corruption.

When contacted in New Delhi, Sushant said, "Himachal Pradesh has become a private limited company of Dhumals. Corruption in the state is growing under former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son, while party leaders like national general secretary JP Nadda and former chief minister Shanta Kumar are patronising them."

He claimed that the BJP was no longer the same old party with a difference; there was no place for honest and hardworking people there.

Amid speculations that he would join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Sushant said, "I will decide the next course of action only after consulting my friends and supporters." When asked about AAP, he said, "I am in touch with them, let's see what happens next."

He said, "I am from a BJP background, so there is no question of going to the Congress, which is equally corrupt, so I will be looking for a non-BJP, non-Congress party."

State BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti told HT, "Sushant was suspended from the party two years ago. His antics are known to one and all. His wife contested the assembly election from Fatehpur against the official candidate and his son joined the breakaway faction of our party -- Himachal Lokhit Party."


Background

The 58-year-old Sushant was one of the founding members of the BJP in the state along with Shanta Kumar. He won the assembly elections from Fatehpur constituency in 1982 and 1985. He fell apart with Shanta in 1988 and was ousted from the party. He was taken back into the party in 1990 but lost the assembly election to Sujan Singh Pathania. He again revolted in 1996 and was suspended from the party. After his re-entry into the party in 1997, he won the assembly election in 1998 and was made the minister of state (revenue). He lost the next election but again won in the 2007 election. He defeated Congress heavyweight Chander Kumar from the Kangra Lok Sabha seat in the 2009 polls. He fell apart with then chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after his wife was denied the ticket in the by-election to Jawali assembly seat.