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RLD expels two MPs on charges of anti-party activities

S Raju, Hindustan Times  Meerut, July 30, 2013
First Published: 16:13 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:22 IST(30/7/2013)

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Ajit Singh has expelled MPs Devendra Nagpal (Amroha) and Sarika Singh Baghel (Hathras) from the party on Wednesday, and action is being initiated for their disqualification from the Lok Sabha under the Anti-Defection Law.
 S Raju reports.

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The duo MPs have been charged with anti-party activities, and were suspended on July 18. The party had sought their replies within a week, clarifying their stance on charges levelled against them.
 
However, Sarika Singh Baghel did not reply to the suspension letter within the stipulated time. Devendra Nagpal sought two months to respond while not denying his anti-party statements, reads a party release.

Hence, after consultations with the party`s senior leaders, the party president Ajit Singh finally announced their expulsion from the party on Wednesday.

Party leaders claimed that the duo had been campaigning against the Rashtriya Lok Dal, and had defected to the Samajwadi Party.
 
Sarita Singh Baghel has been declared a Samajwadi Party candidate from the Agra Lok Sabha constituency, while Devendra Nagpal had allegedly declared his intentions to snap ties with the RLD a few months ago via a public forum.

Ajit Singh said the duo have repeatedly been making anti-party statements which were reported in the media over the past few months, and they never contradicted it at any forum or to the party leaders.

This was against the party discipline, he stated, due to which they were expelled.

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