State party chief Ajay Bhatt called the expelled members 'over-ambitious' people and said that their exit won't effect the chances of the part in the upcoming elections.
Bhartiya Janta party has expelled 33 leaders from the party just 10 days before the assembly elections in Uttarakhand due to anti-party activities.The news was confirmed by the state Party President Naresh Bansal who said all the members have been suspended for 6 years because of their involvement in the anti-party activities.
The suspension will come into power from an immediate effect. Among the leaders who have been expelled are, Murarli Lal Bhatt, Satyendra Singh Rana, Mahesh Panwar, Budhhi Singh Panwar, Jafmohan Rawat, Bihari Laal Nautiyal, Dinesh Semwal, Vijay Bahadur Singh Rawat, Harish Nautiyal, Khushal Singh Nautiyal, Ghripal Pokhriyal, Rajesh Semwal and Girish Ramola from the Gangotri consituency.
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Earlier in the day, state party chief Ajay Bhatt called the expelled members ‘over-ambitious’ people and said that their exit won’t effect the chances of the part in the upcoming elections. “BJP is a party of principles and its activists work with loyalty. Those who were over-ambitious have rebelled and are fighting against the party. There won’t be any effect on the party with the exit of such over-ambitious people,” Bhatt told PTI.
Taking action against the rebels who have chosen to remain in the poll fray as Independents despite the party’s efforts to cajole them to withdraw, the BJP has suspended as many as 33 such rebels for six years. On the other hand, over a dozen prominent Congress faces have rebelled and joined the BJP which has fielded former Congressmen from 13 seats in the election to 70-member assembly in Uttarakhand on February 15.
“These people left Congress as they were feeling suffocated in the party due to anti-people policies of Harish Rawat government and central leadership of the party. They were also feeling that only Modiji and BJP can deliver development to Uttarakhand. That’s why they left Congress,”the state BJP president claimed.
(with input from agency)