BSP chief Mayawati suspends party MLA for supporting CAA

BSP chief Mayawati suspends party MLA for supporting CAA

Lucknow, December 29, 2019: Amid anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests that have rocked the country, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday suspended party MLA Ramabai Parihar for supporting the newly amended contentious act.

In a tweet, the BSP chief said the Madhya Pradesh MLA has been suspended from the party for showing support to the contentious act that aims to expedite anti-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

"BSP is a disciplined party and any MP/MLA who violates discipline and party line will face action. In accordance with it only, Rambai Parihar, who is the BSP MLA from Patharia seat of Madhya Pradesh has been suspended from the party. She has also been banned from attending any party program," the BSP chief tweeted on Sunday.

The development comes after the lawmaker from Patharia assembly seat in Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raising the pitch for CAA.

The latest development also comes amid nationwide protests over CAA that have been hogging headlines following the passage of the act.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, became an Act of law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation on December 13.

The BSP had earlier dubbed the controversial CAA as "unconstitutional" and voted against it in Parliament. It also urged the President to withdraw the new law.

A BSP delegation had met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday over the contentious law and the violence that has ensued over the legislation.

The delegation, led by the party's national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, sought a judicial inquiry into Sunday's violence near Jamia Millia Islamia University and withdrawal of the law. The delegation members alleged the Act was against Articles 14 and 21 the Constitution.