Suspension of tainted BSP MLAs a charade: BJP

Lucknow: Terming as "drama" the suspension of some BSP MLAs found involved in criminal cases, UP unit of BJP today took a dig at Mayawati, saying if she sets out to expel 'tainted' legislators from the party instead of simply suspending them, her government would be reduced to minority.

"People such as MLA Shekhar Tewari, who have been convicted in murder case, have merely been suspended and not expelled from party even though the BSP claims itself to be the most disciplined party," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told reporters.

"It would have been more befitting for such a tough chief minister to have dismissed its criminal leaders and workers from the party," he said.

The BJP spokesman said that the Chief Minister was apparently forced to rest with just the suspension of such legislators, as "she was aware that the majority of her ministers and MLAs are criminals and if she sets out to expel them her government would be reduced to minority".

Pathak termed the action against tainted BSP MLAs and ministers as mere "drama" to improve the party's image before the upcoming assembly elections.