BJP expels eight Lok Sabha MPs (Lead)July 23rd, 2008 - 5:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday expelled eight of its Lok Sabha MPs for either cross-voting or abstaining during the confidence vote in parliament Tuesday. The expelled MPs are Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Somabhai Patel, K. Manjunath and H.T. Sangliana (for cross-voting), as also Manorama Madhwaraj, Chandrabhan Singh, Harising Rathod and Babubhai Katara (for abstaining), BJP president Rajnath Singh announced at a press conference here.
The decision to expel the MPs was taken at a high-level meeting earlier in the day at the residence of Leader of Opposition and senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.
Addressing the press conference, Advani said: “Had the cross-voting not taken place, the UPA government would not have won.”