The BSP has expelled its candidate for Budhana Assembly constituency in Muzaffarnagar. Kanwar Hassan is the third BSP candidate from the constituency to be expelled from the party in the last six months.
Hassan claimed he was expelled for refusing to touch party chief Mayawati’s feet last week. He also alleged that he had been asked to pay Rs 4 crore.
Naseemuddin Siddiqui, BSP leader in-charge of western UP, rubbished the allegations but did not explain the reason behind the expulsion. He added that Hassan had failed to coordinate with local party leaders since his candidature was announced.
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Hassan told The Indian Express that the party announced his candidature from Budhana on October 1. However, on Sunday he was told that his ticket had been cancelled and that he had been expelled.
“Siddiqui recently asked me to contest from Shamli instead of Budhana. I told him that Budhana is my stronghold as my brother Munawwar Hassan was an MP (from SP) from Muzaffarnagar earlier. He later asked me to meet Mayawati and I agreed,” he said. Budhana falls in Muzaffarnagar district.
Hassan claimed that he accompanied Siddiqui to Mayawati’s bungalow in Lucknow on November 3. There he was allegedly asked to touch Mayawati’s feet. When he refused, he was allegedly asked to give Rs 4 crore to retain his election ticket.
When contacted, Siddiqui said that Hassan was an outsider and not able to coordinate with local party workers. “He hails from Shamli but he was adamant on contesting from Budhana. We gave him an opportunity but he could not work with local leaders. So we cancelled his ticket,” he said, rubbishing Hassan’s allegations.
The BSP expelled its first Budhana candidate, Naeem Mallik, in June over anti-party activities. The second candidate, Mohammad Arif, was expelled from the party after a month for allegedly planning his own kidnapping in July.