BSP suspends ex-minister Ramveer Upadhyay for anti-party activities
BSP national general secretary Mewa Lal Gautam said Ramveer Upadhyay had opposed BSP candidates on Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Aligarh seats and had campaigned for BJP candidates on these seats.Updated: May 22, 2019 11:11 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Former state minister and senior Bahujan Samaj Party leader Ramveer Upadhyay was on Tuesday suspended from the party on charges of anti-party activities. He has been removed from all the posts in the party organisation as well, said Mewa Lal Gautam, national general secretary, BSP.
Gautam said Upadhyay had opposed BSP candidates on Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and Aligarh seats and had campaigned for BJP candidates on these seats.
He did not attend the rallies organised by the BSP-SP alliance either in West UP for the alliance candidates.
A video, in which he is seen campaigning for Satish Gautam —BJP candidate from Aligarh — also went viral on social media during electioneering.
A Brahmin face of the BSP, Upadhyay played an important role in mobilising the upper caste-Brahmin support for the party.
He was in-charge of bhaichara (brotherhood) committee constituted by BSP chief Mayawati to spread party’s base among Brahmin community.
He enjoyed influence over the upper caste-voters in Braj region (Agra-Mathura-Aligarh-).
He was the cabinet minister in the BSP government during 2007-12.
“Anti—party activities by Upadhyay had damaged the prospects of the BSP on Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Aligarh seats. Zonal coordinators in their report submitted to Mayawati had stated that Upadhyay action had put the BSP on sticky wicket on three seats. Acting on the report of coordinators, Mayawati ordered suspension of Upadhyay,” said a BSP leader.
His wife Seema Upadhyay is former BSP Lok Sabha MP.
BSP had announced to field her from Fatehpur Sikri seat but later told her to contest from Aligarh, which she refused.
She also openly condemned the party leadership for the decision.
His brother, Mukul Upadhyay, a former BSP legislative council member, also revolted against the BSP leadership and joined the BJP in February.
A heavyweight BSP leader, Upadhyay was also the chief whip of the BSP in the legislative assembly.
In 2017 assembly election, he won from Sadabad (Hathras) assembly seat even as BJP wave swept the state.
When contacted, Upadhyay refused to comment, “I will express my views in a press conference in Hathras on Wednesday,” he said.
First Published: May 22, 2019 11:11 IST