Bhartiya Janata Party on May 26 issued a notice to party leader and former minister Kamal Patel for speaking out against the party, as reported by Indian Express. Kamal Patel spoke against illegal sand mining in the Narmada river bed. The party has accused Patel of spoiling party’s image and asked him as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. A week’s time has been given to Patel to explain as to why he did not choose party forum to voice his concerns but instead chose to go public. Patel alleged that illegal mining was taking place in four districts including one of those belonging to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan whom Kamal Patel refers to as his leader and his CM.
Kamal Patel moved National Green Tribunal (NGT) and accused the administration of corruption. Patel had then approached Harda Collector Shrikant Banoth with a complaint on mining. He accused Shrikant Banoth and the Harda Superintendent of Police for doing anything about his complaint. He further alleged that the collector had threatened to press against him flase charges.
Harda Collector Shrikant Banoth banished Patel’s son Sudeep, vice president of Khrkiya Janpad Panchayat (KJP) from five districts saying that there are dozen cases pending against him after which Banoth was transferred by the government. However, Kamal Patel insisted that three more collectors and senior police officers are moved. Talking to Indian Express, the BJP leader said that he has not received the notice yet and asserted that he is a “committed BJP worker”. He also said that he would not go against the party line. He had earlier said that he was only trying to expose corruption further helping strengthen the CM’s cause.