Sunday, April 18, 2010

[ZESTCaste] BSP turns gaze to criminals in its stable

BSP turns gaze to criminals in its stable

Express News Service Posted online: Sunday , Apr 18, 2010 at 0149 hrs
Lucknow : The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has asked its functionaries at
all levels to prepare a list of party workers and leaders found to be
involved in criminal activities and ensure action against them by the
end of this month. Sources said the party coordinators at the zonal
and district levels would identify such members and expel them
The party has directed its functionaries to send a list of such
expelled members to the BSP's state headquarters before April 30.
Sources said CM Mayawati would review the list. "If anyone is left,
she would ensure action against him," the source said.

On Saturday, PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Mines Minister Babu
Singh Kushwaha held a meeting of party functionaries from different
zones and districts and communicated the CM's message to them. Sources
said MLAs and MPs with controversial background are also under the

"The idea is to stop the entry of criminal elements who prefer to
enjoy connections in the ruling party," a source, who is also a party
coordinator, said.

The party's decision to crack the whip on criminal elements comes a
day after it expelled the Ansari brothers — Mau MLA Mukhtar Ansari and
his brother and former MP Afzal Ansari — saying they were still
involved in criminal activities. The party also snapped its ties with
Sibgatullah Ansari, another Ansari brother who is an SP MLA from

A day earlier, the BSP had disowned one Hanuman Sharan Shukla, who was
killed while on the stage during a party demonstration in Gonda
district on April 14. The current BSP regime has been dogged by
incidents in which party MLAs have been found to be involved in
criminal cases, including those of murder.

Recently, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, BSP MLA from Lakhna seat in Etawah, was
in news after an engineer Shivdas accused him of issuing threats to

Another MLA, Shekhar Tewari, is the key accused in a murder case in
which a PWD engineer in Auraiya, M K Gupta, was killed in December
2008. Besides, Anand Sen and Jamuna Nishad lost their ministerial
berths after their names figured in two separate murder cases. While
Sen is an accused in the Shashi murder case in Faizabad district,
Nishad's name had figured in an FIR following the murder of a police
constable in Maharajganj district.


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