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BJP issues show-cause notice to Champion over remark against govt

Khanpur MLA could be expelled if he fails to reply within 10 days

dehradun Updated: Feb 17, 2018 22:14 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
Khanpur legislator Kunwar Pranav Singh 'Champion' who was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP on Saturday.
Khanpur legislator Kunwar Pranav Singh 'Champion' who was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP on Saturday.(HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a show-cause notice to Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ on Saturday after a preliminary investigation found him guilty of making comments against the party and the Uttarakhand government.

Naresh Bansal, general secretary, BJP reviewed the footage of the recording of Champion’s statement made in Haridwar on February 11.

Champion had been agitated over the appointment of Mohammad Sattar, a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), in the committee constituted to investigate the Haridwar district panchayat scam worth Rs 50 crore. The legislator’s wife Rani Devyani is a member of the committee.

The MLA claimed Sattar was close to a cabinet minister — indicating urban development minister Madan Kaushik. Champion also alleged that chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat of protecting the corrupt at the behest of a ‘powerful cabinet minister’.

“We found him guilty and have issued a show-cause notice,” Bansal said.

The party has given him 10 days time to reply. If he fails to do, he could be expelled, hinted Ajay Bhatt, state president BJP said.

“It’s a matter of indiscipline, which the party cannot tolerate. If he fails to submit his reply, we will take severe action against him,” Bhatt said.

After failing to get a satisfactory reply from the CM TS Rawat on Sattar’s appointment, Champion he met BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi. His Facebook post underlining ‘Mission Successful’ created unrest in the BJP.

“I am a true BJP soldier and no one can doubt my integrity towards the party’s ideology and working. Some people are trying to malign my image but will not fall into their trap. I will reply to the party after receiving the notice through party forum,” Champion said.

Though senior party leaders claimed Champion’s visit to Delhi isn’t a problem, insiders claim that the meeting has created a bad impression about the Uttarakhand BJP with the party president.

“If a leader, for a small issue, reaches out to our national president, then it shows that the state organisation isn’t doing much to resolve issues of its ministers and legislators. This incident shook the organisation after which the party took serious cognizance of his remarks,” a BJP leader, who did not want to be named as he is not supposed to speak to the media, said.

Meanwhile, the CM avoided interaction with Champion on February 16 at an event. When the legislator went to greet him, Rawat ignored him, making his displeasure clear.

A party leader familiar with the incident claims that Champion is backed by MP Haridwar and former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, while Kaushik had supported Sattar.

Champion had also been demanding OBC representation in cabinet. He is a four-time MLA and joined the party about two years ago. Other who joined the saffron party leaving Congress were Vijay Bahuguna, Harak Singh Rawat, Subodh Uniyal, Yashpal Arya, Rekha Arya, Umesh Sharma ‘Kau’, Pradeep Batra, Shailarani Rawat and Shailendra Mohan Singhal.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 22:14 IST

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