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Maya expels stung MPs from party
Shahira Naim
Tribune News Service

Lucknow, December 26
Taking serious view of illegal activities, both in personal and political spheres, BSP supremo Mayawati dumped four MPs from the party. Three were found guilty in the cash-for-question scam while the fourth was found to have entered a polygamous relationship.

She also issued stern warning to two BSP MPs Ramakant Yadav (Azamgarh) and Bhal Chandra Yadav (Khalilabad), whose names have figured in a fake passport and visa case. She said immediate action would be taken against them if they were found to have indulged in any illegal activity.

Sending a strong message across the board, BSP chief expelled Rajya Sabha MP Ghanshyam Kharwar for having married a second time without divorcing his first wife. She said now it was his “moral responsibility” to resign from his Rajya Sabha seat.

Admitting that she had learnt of this development only on Sunday, she showed strong disapproval for his action which she described as “not only socially unacceptable but also illegal under the Indian law”.

She said as her party had been established to “fight against social injustice” it could not tolerate such behaviour from its representatives.

The news of Kharwar’s second marriage had appeared in a section of the press on Sunday. According to reports, his first wife had caught Kharwar red-handed along with his second wife abroad a train. After she created a scene he admitted to have married the woman last year.

Describing the decision to throw 11 MPs out of Parliament for being found guilty in the cash-for-question scam by the Bansal committee as “historical”, Ms Mayawati said she welcomed the action as the MPs had lowered the dignity of parliamentary democracy.

It was to express solidarity with the parliamentary action that she had decided to expel three of her MPs from the party with immediate affect. They are Narendra Kumar Kushwaha, Rajaram Pal and Lal Chandra Kol.

Not even showing mercy to her family members, Ms Mayawati said this uncompromising action should be a message for all. “I want to reiterate in unequivocal terms that the party would not support an action that was illegal and antisocial even if the person happens to be a Member of Parliament, Vidhan Sabha, party functionary or even members of my family”, she pointed out.



Bypoll for 10 seats soon: EC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 26
The by-elections for the 10 parliamentary seats, which have become vacant following the expulsion of ten MPs in the cash-for-query scam, would be held soon after the revision of electoral rolls.

“We are free to hold by-elections. In most of the states, revision of electoral rolls is going on and the final publication is likely next month. After the revision is over, the Election Commission (EC) may take a decision on conducting the be-elections,” EC sources said.

The Lok Sabha secretariat has indicated the vacancy in the House to the EC, following the expulsion of these members, thus paving the way for the poll panel to hold election within six months.

The ten members expelled from the Lower House were Narendra Kumar Kushwaha (BSP), Annasaheb M.K Patil (BJP), Manoj Kumar (RJD), YG. Mahajan (BJP), Pradeep Gandhi (BJP), Suresh Chandel (BJP), Ramsevak Singh (Cong), Lal Chandra Kol (BSP), Rajaram Pal (BSP) and Chandra Pratap Singh (BJP).


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