BSP asks for Nasimuddin Siddiqui's disqualification from UP Legislative Council after he formally joins Congress

Lucknow: The BSP on Wednesday demanded disqualification of its former leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui from the membership of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

In a letter to the Legislative Council, Chairman Ramesh Yadav, Leader of the BSP Legislature Party in the Upper House Sunil Kumar Chittor informed that Siddiqui had joined another party on 18 Feburary after resigning from Mayawati's party on his own. Hence, it amounted to violation of the anti-defection law, BSP national general secretary SC Misra said, quoting Chittor's letter to the Council chairman.

Siddiqui had become a BSP MLC on 23 January, 2015 and quit the party to join the Congress on 18 February.

File image of BSP chief Mayawati. Reuters

File image of BSP chief Mayawati. Reuters

In November 2017, Council Chairman Ramesh Yadav had rejected the Bahujan Samaj Party's petition to disqualify Siddiqui as a member of the legislative council on the ground that he had left the party.

In an application to the council chairman on 29 June, the party had demanded that Siddiqui should not be given any facility or allowance that he used to enjoy as a legislator. At that time too, Chittor had sent the application to the chairman citing various rules, seeking that Siddiqui be disqualified from membership with effect from 27 May.

It was on 27 May that Siddiqui floated a new outfit, the Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha, after he was expelled from the BSP. The BSP in its petition had said that Siddiqui was elected on a BSP ticket and since he was no longer associated with the party, he should be disqualified from the membership of the council.

Siddiqui and four former Uttar Pradesh ministers had last week formally joined the Congress.

Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 13:22 PM

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