BSP state president expelled
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Aug 22, 2011 at 12:19pm IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The months since the 2011 Assembly elections have
proved tumultuous for small-time Kerala units of big North Indian
parties, thanks to shoddy electoral performance and consequent
In the latest instance, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has
kicked out its Kerala unit president and resolved to announce a fresh
set of office-bearers. BSP national general secretary and Kerala
coordinator Dr Suresh Mane issued a statement elevating the party's
Kerala vice-president Prahladan as the state president.
BSP's electoral performance in the Assembly elections in 2011 had been
poor compared to the previous occasion. Although no surprises were
expected from the BSP which contested in 122 seats, it cornered only
1.04 lakh votes, a mere 0.60 percent of the total vote share.
At a June 4 review meeting, party state president Saji Cheraman
resigned, but was allowed to continue as an ordinary party member.
"But instead of getting involved in reorganising and strengthening the
party, despite several warnings, he was getting engaged in acts of
groupism, indiscipline and several anti-party activities. Therefore,
under the instruction of central leadership and in the interests of
the party in the state, Saji K Cheraman and one U P Anil Kumar, party
worker from Thiruvananthapuram, have been expelled from the party,''
Mane said in his letter, according to a statement issued by BSP Kerala
vice-president J Sudhakaran.
When contacted, Saji Cheraman said he had received no official
intimation regarding his expulsion. He also denied that he was engaged
in any anti-party activity.
Following the elections in May, the Kerala unit of Ram Vilas Paswan's
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) also had thrown out members of a splinter
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