In a strong warning to dissidents, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled seven rebels for indiscipline and anti-party activities.
The expelled leaders are sitting councillors who did not get tickets for the coming municipal elections.
The leaders are Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD’s work committee and councillor from Jangpura, Prabha Singh, Harish Awasthi, Rajesh Yadav, Praveen Rajput, Sudesh Bhasin and Meena Abrol.
Mamgain has been expelled for anti-party activities. The other sitting councillors are contesting municipal elections as rebel candidates.
“We initially tried to pacify them. When they did not listen to us, we expelled them for six years,” Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said.
“We are investigating if there are other rebel candidates. Action will be taken against them too. Indiscipline will not be tolerated,” Gupta said.
In a statement, Mamgain termed his expulsion ‘unfair’. He said he had already resigned from the party on March 27. “The party had no right to announce it. I am not even contesting the elections as a rebel candidate,” he said.
There was huge resentment among party workers and sitting councillors when the BJP announced its list of 272 candidates for the municipal elections.