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MCD polls: BJP expels Narela candidate, withdraws candidature

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today expelled its Narela candidate Savita Khatri and withdrew her candidature for allowing sacked minister to campaign for her in the run up to MCD elections.

Kumar, a former minister in the in was sacked from the party last year over a sex tape purportedly featuring him.

The move comes a day after the party came under attack from the for inviting Kumar to campaign for one of its candidates.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP's national vice- president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the party has taken a firm stand.

"Those who do not respect women and people who seek support of such person (Sandeep Kumar) have no place in our party.

"Such persons never had a place and they will never have it (in the BJP)," Sahasrabuddhe told reporters here.

Kumar, a former minister in the who was sacked from the party in August last year over the sex tape, had triggered a row by allegedly campaigning for the in the upcoming MCD polls.

A video clip had recently surfaced purportedly showing Kumar slamming Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and extending his support to Khatri.

Yesterday, legislator Alka Lamba hit out at the for "inviting" Kumar to campaign for its candidate.

"The has been defaming by taking Kumar's name on radio (commercials). Now, they are even using him in their campaign," she had alleged on Twitter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 15:42 IST