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Maya sacks Karnataka BSP spokesman over garland row

The spokesperson of BSP's Karnataka unit was today expelled from the party for his comments on the Mayawati garland of notes, a move which he described as "unceremonious".

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2010 21:49 IST

The spokesperson of BSP's Karnataka unit was today expelled from the party for his comments on the Mayawati garland of notes, a move which he described as "unceremonious".

Y N Sharma said he had not made any statement against the party and only clarified that the garland was not sent
from Karnataka as speculated in a section of the media.

He expressed anguish over the action taken against him, which he descried as "unceremonious".

"There is no internal democracy in the party. The social inclusion concept of taking Brahmins and Dalits
together is not working at all," Sharma told PTI.

"I am not going to fight back. I will accept the decision of the leadership," he said.

Asserting that he has not committed any crime talking to the media, Sharma said "I have not done anything wrong."

He went on to add, "They (the BSP) have objected that they have not authorised me to speak to the media. They have
not commented whether I am right or wrong, they are saying that I am not authorised to speak."

Sharma on Monday disclosed that it was a garland of currency notes when the party was trying to make out that it
was a garland of flowers from Mysore forest.

Meanwhile, BSP member and state PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui said,"Wherever she goes, she will henceforth be greeted with garland of notes and not with garland of flowers".

Defying the opposition once again, Mayawati on Wednesday was felicitated with a garland made of currency notes worth Rs 18 lakh by her party workers.

Meanwhile, the Congress, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party have also demanded a CBI probe into the source of money garland.

During a rally on Monday, Mayawati was felicitated with a huge garland made of Rs 1000 notes worth Rs 10 to Rs 15 crores. (With input from agencies)