Ahead of the second and third phases of the Assam Assembly election 2021, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled seven more party leaders for six years.

The party leaders have been expelled as they filed nomination papers as Independent candidates from various Assembly constituencies.

The expelled BJP leaders sought party tickets to fight the ongoing Assam Assembly election but after being denied tickets they decided to contest the election as Independent candidates.

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The party leaders, who have been expelled as primary members of the BJP, are Dipak Rabha, Dudhnoi constituency in Goalpara; Sailen Kalita, Dispur constituency in Guwahati; Santanu Kalita, Barkhetry in Nabari; Jyotirmoy Sarma, Dharmapur Sarma in Nalbari; Mubarak Hussain, Dhubri; Baleswar Rongpi in Guwahati West constituency and Narayan Das in Goalpara East.

In a notification issued in this regard, Dr Rajdeep Roy, Silchar MP and state general secretary of the Assam BJP, said the BJP workers were expelled from the party’s primary membership on charges of being involved in “anti-party activities” by standing as Independent candidates against the party’s nominated candidates for the Assam Assembly election 2021.

Dr Roy in the notification said these BJP members have been expelled by Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass as per the sub-clause 9 under clause 25 of the party constitution with immediate effect for six years.

Earlier this month, the BJP had expelled 15 leaders, including former deputy Speaker of Assam Assembly Dilip Kumar Paul, from the party for six years for filing nominations as Independents after being denied party ticket.

Dilip Kumar Paul has filed nomination as an Independent candidate for the Silchar Assembly seat, which is currently being represented by him.

BJP’s Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev also resigned from the party after being denied party ticket.

He also announced to contest the Assam Assembly election 2021 as an Independent candidate but Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and party’s national general secretary Dilip Saikia managed to prevent him from doing so.

The polling for the first phase of the Assam Assembly election was held on March 27 while the second and thid phases of the polling will be held on April 1 and April 6, 2021.

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