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Fresh rebellion in BSP, two MLAs accuse party of demanding Rs 10 cr for tickets

Bahujan Samaj Party faced fresh rebellion in the party on Wednesday when two of its MLAs accused the party leadership of demanding "huge sums" for allotting tickets for the 2017 UP assembly polls. MLAs Romi

India TV Politics Desk, Lucknow [ Published on: July 27, 2016 20:53 IST ]
BSP chief Mayawati
Image Source : PTI BSP chief Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party faced fresh rebellion in the party on Wednesday when two of its MLAs accused the party leadership of demanding "huge sums" for allotting tickets for the 2017 UP assembly polls.

MLAs Romi Sahni and Brijesh Verma also criticised party workers for sloganeering against expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's family.

"We condemn Singh's remarks against BSP chief Mayawati and also oppose the slogans raised during the BSP protest ... his 12-year-old daughter cannot be punished for what Singh has said ... our sympathy is with the family," Sahni and Verma, the MLAs from Palia and Mallawan respectively, told reporters in Lucknow.

They, however, clarified that they were not quitting the party.

Both MLAs alleged that the BSP was getting a "bad name" because of the "huge sums" being demanded for party tickets which was against the ideals of both BR Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram.

They said anywhere between Rs 2 crore and Rs 10 crore was being demanded for BSP tickets for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh polls and even sitting MLAs were not being spared.

They claimed that both of them were called to Mayawati's residence on July 6 and, in the presence of the party chief, were asked to pay Rs 5 crore for Palia and Rs 4 crore for Mallawan seats by BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, adding that they were "warned" that their tickets would be cancelled if they did not pay up.

"Tickets are given to whosoever gives the highest amount. This is very sad ... money is being demanded through party coordinators," alleged the two MLAs.

The latest rebellion comes weeks after Mayawati's party suffered back-to-back jolts when senior leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and RK Chaudhary quit the BSP, followed by former MLA Ravindra Nath Tripathi. All of them accused her of "auctioning" party tickets.

Regretting that "rampant money power" in the party was tarnishing its image, the two MLAs claimed that the BSP would otherwise have touched "new horizons" and Mayawati could have become the "Prime Minister of the country".

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