The Congress on Tuesday expelled six MLAs in Uttar Pradesh for cross voting during the Rajya Sabha elections against party candidate Kapil Sibal last Saturday.
All India Congress Committe (AICC ) general secretary Janardan Dwivedi announced the decision in presence of senior leader and party’s authorised representative in the elections Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The MLAs who have been expelled for six years are Sanjay Pratap Jayaswal (Basti district), Madhuri Verma (Bahraich), Vijay Dube (Kushinagar), Mohammed Muslim (Tiloi-Amethi), Dil Nawaz Khan (Bulandshahar) and Nawab Kasim Ali Khan (Rampur).
Despite cross voting, Sibal edged past Preeti Mahapatra, put up by BJP in the cliffhanger and secured his Rajya Sabha berth with support from other parties.
Azad, who is now AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, said while three of the six expelled MLAs voted in favour of the BJP, three others sided with BSP.
The Opposition Leader in the Rajya Sabha, alleged that the cross voting in Uttar Pradesh and the controversy in Haryana show that the BJP went all out to win the polls through “misuse of power”.
Attacking BJP for putting up Mahapatra as an additional candidate when it had as many as 27 less votes, he said this was the first such example he was seeing in his long political career.
Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, he said while Narendra Modi talks of cooperative federalism on the one hand, the ruling party at the Centre uses money power and government influence to win RS elections through unfair means.