BSP faces revolt in poll-bound Chhattisgarh

October 15th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj PartyRaipur, Oct 15 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which has named 85 candidates for the Chhattisgarh assembly polls, is facing a revolt in as many as 18 assembly segments, party officials said Wednesday. The party wants to contest all the 90 seats in the state. It is facing a rebellion in about 18 assembly segments after the party suspended its two senior state leaders early this month.

The suspended leaders are Lalsai Khunte, a former legislator, and Rameshwar Khattar.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Chhattisgarh goes to polls in two phases - Nov 14 and 20 - to elect a new assembly.

Party officials say that BSP’s 18 leaders, several of them district presidents, have announced that they will work against party interests and will ensure party official candidates’ defeat if the party does not replace them.

“It’s a surprise revolt. (State president) Dauram Ratnakar has briefed (party supremo) Mayawati about the ongoing revolt,” a party official told IANS.

In the last assembly polls held in November 2003, the BSP won two seats, both reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates. But later the high court declared the election in Malkharoda seat, represented by Lalsai Khunte, as null and void.

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