Days before elections in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday expelled 53 leaders over ‘indiscipline’ ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state.
In a major action taken against the defectors ahead of Assembly elections, the ruling party has removed senior leader Sartaj Singh, former minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria and Bhind MLA Narendra Kushwaha from the party.
The other three candidates who were expelled by the BJP were Lata Mehsaki, Dheeraj Pateria, Gwalior’s former Mayor Samiksha Gupta and Raj Kumar Yadav. The Congress also expelled former MLA Xavier Meda yesterday.
The following development came after a week when Sartaj Singh had joined Congress after BJP denied him ticket from Seoni-Malwa constituency and Ramkrishna Kusmaria had recently announced that he will be contesting the Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 as an independent candidate.
However, the BJP is much concerned about the Damoh seat, represented by the state Finance Minister Jayant Malaiyya. Mr. Kusmaria has filed nominations from Damoh and its neighbouring Patharia.
Elections for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 28 in a single-phase. Results will be declared on 7 December.