The Delhi state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has dismissed three sitting councillors from party membership of six years over charges of “excessive financial corruption”. Two out of the three dismissed councillors are assumed to join the Aam Aadmi Party.
On Sunday, BJP President of the Delhi unit Adesh Gupta addressed the three councillors- Rajni Bablu Pandey from New Ashok Nagar, Pooja Madan from Mukherjee Nagar (Ward N-15) and Sanjay Thakur from Said-ul-Ajaib- notifying them of the party’s conclusion.
Madan revealed that she did not receive enough support from the BJP and could not meet the promises made to her constituencies due to a lack of funding. “I had informed BJP a couple of days ago that I will be joining AAP today. Why did they wait till now to expel me? When I told them I was joining the AAP, they asked me to stay. If I was corrupt, why did they ask me to stay? I just want to work for the people who voted me in,” she said to The Indian Express. She also said that Sanjay Thakur is expected to join AAP.
In the letters addressed to the three councillors on Sunday, Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta wrote: “This is to inform you that owing to several complaints of excessive financial corruption from the people, you have been suspended from Bharatiya Janata Party’s membership for six years. You have been informed of these complaints many times in the past and have been asked to correct your corrupt behaviour, but no improvement was seen. Therefore, you are expelled from the party for six years, with immediate effect.”
Meanwhile, Rajni Bablu Pandey went to the party office on Sunday afternoon to clarify the action against her, her husband said to The Indian Express.
“Yes, she also got the letter, but it seems there has been some mistake. We stand by BJP and are not joining AAP. The other two had informed the party previously that they will be joining AAP, but we didn’t,” said Bablu Pandey, the councillor’s husband, who said he answered the call since she was in a meeting with BJP leaders, as reported by The Indian Express.