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Four Uma loyalist MLAs suspended

FOUR BJP MLAs owing allegiance to former chief minister Uma Bharti were suspended from the party today. MLAs including former minister Sunil Naik, Rasal Singh, Jalam Singh Patel and Hakam Singh Chadar had stormed out of the BJP Legislature Party meet along with Uma Bharti on November 28 last here.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 15:59 IST

FOUR BJP MLAs owing allegiance to former chief minister Uma Bharti were suspended from the party today. MLAs including former minister Sunil Naik, Rasal Singh, Jalam Singh Patel and Hakam Singh Chadar had stormed out of the BJP Legislature Party meet along with Uma Bharti on November 28 last here.

The party has served notices on them and sought clarification on the charges against them within ten days. These MLAs remained defiant unlike several other BJP MLAs who apologised after being served notices to give reply vis-à-vis the charges of anti-party activities.

The State BJP had sent a report to the party’s Parliamentary Board to take action in connection with the MLAs. The board is empowered to take disciplinary action against MPs and MLAs.

The Parliamentary Board in turn authorised the State unit to take action on the matter. BJP office secretary Tapan Bhowmick said these MLAs had been suspended under sections 25 of the party’s constitution.

The action against them had been initiated on the charges that a) they used objectionable words against the state and the central leadership of the party; b) they opposed the organisation’s decisions and c) they indulged in anti-party activities.

Talking to Hindustan Times on mobile one of the suspended MLAs Jalam Singh Patel welcomed the decision. He said the decision had hardly surprised him, as he was expecting it.

He said the mandate was with Uma Bharti and not with Shivraj Singh Chouhan to become chief minister of the State.
He alleged the BJP has become a carbon copy of the Congress. Corruption was rampant in the government while the State in general and the farmers, in particular were facing power crisis, he alleged.

Former Union Minister Prahlad Patel said the action against the MLAs was a repeat of the blunder the BJP had committed in
expelling Uma Bharti.

He alleged the party leaders’ act of suspension had proved that a few of the leaders in the party were taking decisions and imposing the same on the party workers. It was nothing but another instance of height of dictatorship in the party in the name of discipline.

He alleged the BJP leaders were creating confusion in the party’s rank and file by spreading the words that Uma Bharti was to rejoin the BJP. He said how confusion prevailed among the party leaders themselves could be gauged from the fact one of the MLAs Hakam Singh Chadar who had been suspended had not been served notice at all.

First Published: Feb 19, 2006 15:59 IST