The chief minister Mayawati on Monday suspended one more BSP MLA Haji Yaqoob Quereshi from the party. Quereshi, who represented Meerut assembly segment, has been charged with anti-party activities. As a part of cleansing exercise the chief minister has so far suspended one dozen MLAs from the party.
Mayawati has issued instructions to the party leaders that Quereshi should not be allowed to attend any party programme. Quereshi, who had won on the symbol of United Democratic Front (UDF) in 2007, had merged his party in the BSP on June 3, 2007.
Announcing his suspension from the party, state unit chief Swami Prasad Maurya said Quereshi, because of his objectionable statements had been controversial right from the beginning.
However the axe has now fallen on him for his comments against the Sikh community during the foundation laying ceremony of modern slaughterhouse in Meerut recently. Maurya said his comments had caused resentment in the Sikh community in the state. Quereshi was not available for comment.
The BSP has so far taken action against a dozen MLAs for their anti-party and criminal activities. The chief minister had also suspended Mafiosi-turned MP from Jaunpur Dhananjay Singh last week for meeting former SP leader Amar Singh in Tihar Jail in Delhi.
The chief minister had also denied BSP ticket to MLA from Hastinapur Yogendra Verma on Sunday.
The suspended MLAs are Shekhar Tiwari, who is in jail in connection with murder of an engineer in Auraiyya, Anand Sen also in jail in a murder case, Purshottan Naresh Dwevidi, (in jail) charged with raping a girl in Banda, Farid Mahfooz Kidwai, Krishna Kumar Singh alias Satish Verma (both left party to join SP), Awadhpal Yadav suspended after Lokayukta report, Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit accused of his criminal activities, Dashrath Prasad Chauhan and Ashok Singh Chandel also accused of his criminal activities. There are possibilities of action against some more BSP MLAs. Kidwai has now been expelled from the membership of the House under anti-defection law.
Maurya said the BSP had full respect for all religions. He said the BSP had taken serious note of statement of Quereshi against the community. As a part of continued crackdown on Dhananjay Singh, the government has also withdrawn Y category security to him. The government had provided 11 constables for his security. Now he has just one constable.
Singh said he had been provided Y category on the recommendation of central government. He said there was threat to his life.