Two days after MLC and prominent upper caste leader Jaiveer Singh joined BJP, the BSP ousted two Dalit leaders including former Minister Indrajeet Saroj, after he accused party Chief Mayawati of demanding money.
Inderjeet Saroj on Wednesday said that at a party meeting on July 8, Mayawati had demanded Rs 9.22 lakh from each party candidate who contested the last Assembly elections. “I told party leaders that I will not give the money and won’t contest elections in the future. Yesterday, I received a call from Mayawati. She said she had removed me from all party posts. She asked me to sit at home and not work for the party organization. We were just hoping that she would someday give up her habit of demanding money. She took money even from ‘Zila panchayat’ election candidates,” Saroj said.
In the evening, party in-charge for Allahabad division Ashok Gautam said Saroj had nothing to do with BSP anymore. “For the last several days, he had been making confusing statements which indicated he was tilting towards another party. Today he made comments against the party. Party had not expelled him earlier, but today it has been clarified that he is no more associated with BSP,” he said.
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