RAIPUR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday sacked its Chhattisgarh unit president Shiv Pratap Singh for allegedly violating party discipline and appointed tribal leader and Raigarh Lok Sabha MP Vishnu Dev Sai as the new State party chief.

The party's State general secretary Ram Pratap Singh confirmed Mr. Singh's removal but refused give other details. The change of guard took place after Mr. Singh, a tribal leader, went to media about his resignation from the Sarguja Development Authority and subsequently made statements against certain Ministers of the BJP Government in the State, party sources said.

``Talking against own party leaders in media amounted to indiscipline and since it was being done by Singh, the matter was taken more seriously and reported to the party's central leadership, which finally decided to remove the Surajpur MLA from the post of State president,'' they said. Mr. Singh resigned from the post of vice- president of the Sarguja Development Authority on July 27. In a letter to Chief Minister Raman Singh, he said he was unable to serve the people by holding a ``powerless'' post like the vice-president. The Chief Minister is the president of the Authority. PTI