The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in UP on Wednesday suspended the party's MP from Jaunpur, Dhananjay Singh, allegedly for what it considered an act of indiscipline - meeting political opponent Amar Singh in Tihar jail.
The president of the BSP's UP unit, Swami Prasad Maurya, said, "Dhananjay was involved in anti-party activities. He will not be permitted to participate in any activities of the party."
Dhananjay Singh met Amar Singh, an accused in the cash-for-vote scam, in Tihar jail and later spoke in his favour.
Maurya said, "Since the case is sub-judice, Dhananjay should not have spoken in favour of Amar Singh."
UP chief minister Mayawati, who is also BSP president, has directed office-bearers not to invite Singh to party meetings and other programmes.
Dhananjay Singh said he had not received any show-cause notice on the issue. "I will reply after getting notice."
A BSP leader said, "Since the name of Dhananjay Singh has figured in connection with the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, the party has been trying to distance itself from him."
On the direction of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, the CBI has started investigating the scam. Sources say CBI sleuths were planning to quiz Singh and other politicians whose names figured in the NRHM scam.
Dhananjay Singh faces around 12 criminal cases.