Union minister and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi sought the expulsion of the party’s Uttarakhand MLA Ganesh Joshi who broke the leg of a police horse on Monday, drawing widespread condemnation after photos and videos of him swinging a stick at the animal went viral.
“The entire BJP has come into disrepute because of this one man’s actions. He should be expelled from the party without delay,” the Women and Child Development minister said in a statement issued from New York where she is attending the United Nations meet on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Maneka is the chairperson of animal right’s group People For Animals (PFA), which also lodged a formal complaint with the Uttarakhand police on Tuesday.
Joshi, however, found support from his party colleagues in Uttarakhand where the state assembly saw attempts at uproar for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
Haridwar MLA Mandan Kaushik demanded from the speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal that the FIR registered Joshi be taken up for discussion by the house under rule 310 of house proceedings. Kaushik said that a case was filed against the BJP MLA on false charges and with intention to malign his image. “This needs immediate attention of the house and as per our notification that discussion must be held under rule 310” said Kaushik who was also supported by his party colleagues Sanjay Gupta, Harbhajan Singh Cheema and Rajesh Shukla.