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UP BJP to seek disqualification of 8 MLAs

These MLAs had cross-voted in RS biennial elections amidst reports that these legislators were hobnobbing with the BSP.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 17:08 IST

BJP in Uttar Pradesh would soon move a petition before Assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey seeking disqualification of the eight party MLAs.

These MLAs had cross-voted in the recent Rajya Sabha biennial elections amidst reports that these legislators were hobnobbing with the BSP and were set to join the party.

Seven of the MLAs were suspended on the polling day itself on February 28 while expulsion proceedings were initiated against another.

BJP sources in Lucknow said that these MLAs have been asked to resign failing which they would be expelled from the party.

Those suspended included Ganga Bux Singh, Fagu Chauhan, Amarjeet Singh Jansevak, Ram Prasad Chaudhary, Chotey Lal Verma, Badshah Singh and Puran Singh Bundela.

Expulsion proceedings were initiated against party MLA from Moradabad Sandeep Agarwal, who had earlier been suspended.

Meanwhile, BSP sources in Lucknow said these MLAs had met party supremo Mayawati a few days back in the New Delhi and were all set to join the party.

It may be recalled that former BJP MP from Baharaich Padam Sen Chaudhary had also recemtly joined the BSP.

The sitting party MP from Balrampur Brijbhushan Saran Singh was also in touch with Mayawati.

All the MLAs were present in the recent BSP workers' meeting in Lucknow which was addressed by Mayawati.