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Punjab BJP expels MLA Anil Joshi for anti-party activities | Amritsar News


AMRITSAR: The Punjab BJP unit on Saturday expelled its former minister and two-time MLA Anil Joshi for six years. The action against Joshi came after he gave his reply to a show-cause notice issued by the BJP’s state unit for his “anti-party” activities.
Joshi had been issuing statements against the policies of the Union government and party leadership, which were anti-party activities, said state BJP president Ashwani Sharma. “Joshi did not give up his stubborn attitude, following which the disciplinary committee recommended his expulsion from the primary membership of the party for six years,” he said.
The former Amritsar North MLA, who was in Batala, said Punjab’s prosperity was due to farmers and as politicians seek votes from every person, including farmers, it was their duty to stand by them when they needed them most. “Over 500 farmers have lost their lives during their ongoing struggle in Delhi and all political parties, even various organisations, have been supporting them. But, we stood against them,” he said.
Joshi said despite his expulsion from the party, his ideology would remain the same and he would continue to work for Punjab and India. Asserting that he always spoke in the party’s interests, he said did not favour repealing the three farm laws and wanted the government to resolve the issue amicably and through the process of dialogue.
They did not understand my point: Joshi
They didn’t understand my point,” he claimed. “I have given 35 years to the party… it brought an end to my service with a single stroke of a pen because I stood by farmers,” he said.
Maintaining he knew how to accommodate workers across the state, Joshi said, “Ashwani Sharma is junior to me. He contested twice, I did it three times, won twice and became a minister.”
The former MLA had warned that the party would have to pay price for its stubborn attitude in the 2022 assembly elections in Punjab and given a 15-day ultimatum to its own leadership to clear its stand on the farmer’s issue, which irked the senior leadership. “Maybe this is what Joshi wanted so he could portray himself a ‘martyr’ in the cause of farmers,” said sources. Joshi was elected MLA from Amritsar North seat in 2007 and 2012 and was a minister in the Parkash Singh Badal government.





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