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Uttarakhand MLA on the back foot, ready to say sorry to CM and party

The BJP issued the ‘indiscipline’ notice to Gupta on July 15 after expressed his dissatisfaction over the CM’s ignorance over developmental works in Haridwar district. The MLA was given 10 days to reply. The district has 11 assembly seats, of which 8 are with the BJP.

dehradun Updated: Jul 17, 2018 22:01 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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BJP MLA Sanjay Gupta was served a notice by the party after he expressed dissatisfaction over the chief minister’s ignorance about development works in Haridwar. (HT Photo)

Laksar legislator Sanjay Gupta has gone on the back foot after the BJP served him a notice, saying he will apologise to the party and chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.

The BJP issued the ‘indiscipline’ notice to Gupta on July 15 after expressed his dissatisfaction over the CM’s ignorance over developmental works in Haridwar district. The MLA was given 10 days to reply. The district has 11 assembly seats, of which 8 are with the BJP.

Gupta was also reportedly upset over the participation of Rawat and cabinet minister Madan Kaushik in a private party of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator Mohammad Shahzad on July 14. Shahzad was suspended from the party the next day.

“I don’t want to talk about it. I am a soldier of Modi Ji. And please consider this case closed. I will submit my reply within the stipulated time to the party. I will apologise to the party and the CM,” Gupta said.

Senior party leaders said the central party leadership was upset over the matter. There’s unrest among party members over delay in distributing ministerial responsibilities and filling two vacant positions in the cabinet, but none has come forward to accept it.

Gupta is supported by many legislators, including his close aide Swami Yatishwaranand.

“What Gupta said was correct; only his way of expressing his disappointment wasn’t right. Works in constituencies have been ignored,” a senior party leader said on anonymity.

Some party men claim Gupta had been asking the CM to visit his constituency for the past 18 months. Rawat was invited as the chief guest to a convention organised in the constituency, but he failed to attend it.

State president BJP Ajay Bhatt said, “We will wait for his (Gupta’s) reply. It’s good if he realises his mistake. We won’t tolerate indiscipline in the party.”

First Published: Jul 17, 2018 22:01 IST