Maya suspends MLA Haji Yaqoob from BSP
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, September 26, 2011
The chief minister Mayawati on Monday suspended one more BSP MLA Haji
Yaqoob Quereshi from the party. Quereshi, who represented Meerut
assembly segment, has been charged with anti-party activities. As a
part of cleansing exercise the chief minister has so far suspended one
dozen MLAs from the
Mayawati has issued instructions to the party leaders that Quereshi
should not be allowed to attend any party programme. Quereshi, who had
won on the symbol of United Democratic Front (UDF) in 2007, had merged
his party in the BSP on June 3, 2007.
Announcing his suspension from the party, state unit chief Swami
Prasad Maurya said Quereshi, because of his objectionable statements
had been controversial right from the beginning.
However the axe has now fallen on him for his comments against the
Sikh community during the foundation laying ceremony of modern
slaughterhouse in Meerut recently. Maurya said his comments had caused
resentment in the Sikh community in the state. Quereshi was not
available for comment.
The BSP has so far taken action against a dozen MLAs for their
anti-party and criminal activities. The chief minister had also
suspended Mafiosi-turned MP from Jaunpur Dhananjay Singh last week for
meeting former SP leader Amar Singh in Tihar Jail in Delhi.
The chief minister had also denied BSP ticket to MLA from Hastinapur
Yogendra Verma on Sunday.
The suspended MLAs are Shekhar Tiwari, who is in jail in connection
with murder of an engineer in Auraiyya, Anand Sen also in jail in a
murder case, Purshottan Naresh Dwevidi, (in jail) charged with raping
a girl in Banda, Farid Mahfooz Kidwai, Krishna Kumar Singh alias
Satish Verma (both left party to join SP), Awadhpal Yadav suspended
after Lokayukta report, Bhagwan Sharma alias Guddu Pandit accused of
his criminal activities, Dashrath Prasad Chauhan and Ashok Singh
Chandel also accused of his criminal activities. There are
possibilities of action against some more BSP MLAs. Kidwai has now
been expelled from the membership of the House under anti-defection
Maurya said the BSP had full respect for all religions. He said the
BSP had taken serious note of statement of Quereshi against the
community. As a part of continued crackdown on Dhananjay Singh, the
government has also withdrawn Y category security to him. The
government had provided 11 constables for his security. Now he has
just one constable.
Singh said he had been provided Y category on the recommendation of
central government. He said there was threat to his life.
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