Months ahead of Assembly elections, BSP dismisses lone MLA in Jharkhand
The Jharkhand unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on July 29 dismissed its lone Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta for alleged anti-party activities, a party leader said.
It comes a few months ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.
He said that Mehta has also been accused of neglecting his constituency, Hussainabad, in Palamu district.
BSP state unit chief Subal Das said that Mehta did not devote any time to his constituency, and "when people complained, he resorted to the drama by resigning from the membership of the Assembly".
Mehta had submitted his resignation to Speaker Dinesh Oraon on July 26, alleging that problems in his constituency have not been solved despite raising them in the Assembly multiple times in the last four-and-a-half years.
The Speaker had rejected his resignation, saying that the decision to quit the House was taken in haste.
Das said that Kushwaha had not informed the party's national president Mayawati or Chhachu Ram about his decision.
"The people of his constituency as well as the party workers were annoyed with Kushwaha as he had been maintaining distance from them. The party's state committee held a meeting recently and decided to dismiss him. A letter to this effect has been sent to him," Das insisted.
Kushwaha, on his part, said he had never participated in anti-party activities. He said that "It is a malicious decision. I have not received any instructions or letter from the party. I have been visiting my assembly constituency regularly.