Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur Dhananjay Singh was on Wednesday suspended by party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for flouting party discipline and “enlisting the support of anti-social elements”. In this context, Mr. Singh's reported meeting with the cash-for-vote scam accused Amar Singh in New Delhi recently and a statement given in the latter's favour was used as the official explanation, based on media reports, for suspending the MP. The meeting was seen as a breach of party discipline.

State BSP president Swamy Prasad Maurya said in a press statement on Wednesday that it was gathered from media reports that the MP had met Mr. Amar Singh without taking prior permission of the party. He had also given a statement in Mr. Amar Singh's favour, Mr. Maurya stated. He said it amounted to party indiscipline. “Since the cash-for-vote case is sub judice, the MP's statement also amounted to contempt of court, a serious view has been taken by the party”, Mr. Maurya added.

Among the other charges against Mr. Singh were the support being taken from the anti-social and undesirable elements in his constituency as well as ignoring the people's problems. Mr. Singh has also been charged with making the life of the people in his constituency miserable and misusing the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds.

Mr. Maurya said the party had received serious complaints against Mr. Singh following which the party leadership decided to suspend him.

The MP has been debarred from attending the party meetings and programmes, he added.

The MP's name had cropped up during investigations in the sensational murders of two CMOs of the Family Welfare Department in the State capital and the mysterious death of a deputy CMO in the Lucknow district jail. It was alleged that the MP's henchmen secured contracts under the National Rural Health Mission scheme in the State.

On Tuesday, the Chief Minister had expelled the party MLA from Hamirpur, Ashok Singh Chandel for anti-party activities. Mr. Chandel had quit the Samajwadi Party and joined the BSP in August.

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