Mumbai: BSP leader Mayawati on Thursday suspended seven rebel MLAs from her party who opposed the nomination of her official candidate Ramji Gautam for the Rajya Sabha election.
Amidst speculation that the MLAs may change sides in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said that to ensure the defeat of Samajwadi Party candidates in future MLC elections, her party would vote for BJP or any other party candidate.
Mayawati said that as soon as rebel MLAs join any party, the BSP will take action against them under the anti-defection law.
She said that the party organization has been informed that the suspended MLAs should not be invited to any party function.
Mayawati said that her party will leave no stone unturned to defeat the SP candidates in the future, even if it means voting for the BJP or any other party’s candidates.
She said that any candidate who will dominate the other candidate of SP will get the votes of BSP MLAs.
On Wednesday, six-party MLAs reportedly met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and later threw hints that they may switch sides.
Four of the rebels’ group also filed an affidavit stating that their signature on the nomination for the Rajya Sabha election of party candidate Gautam was forged.
The move went in vain with the returning officer even after accepting Gautam’s nomination as Bahujan Samaj Party candidate for the biennial elections to be held on November 9 for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh.