BJP's Kaiserganj MP Brij Bhushan Singh has openly revolted against the party leadership over allocation of tickets for the upcoming local body elections.
Addressing a gathering at his office here, the MP said he will campaign against the party's official nominee in the Nawabganj municipal seat "even if I have to give up my Lok Sabha membership" for doing so.
"We were not consulted before distribution of tickets... The party leadership was misled by local leaders. I have fielded my candidate in my native Nawabganj area though he has not been given party symbol," he told his supporters.
The BJP has fielded Anju Singh, who is very close to the BSP and the SP and is not strong, Brij Bhushan Singh alleged.
The lawmaker claimed the candidate he was backing was a "dedicated and loyal BJP worker".
"I am ready to face the consequences for opposing the official party candidate even if I have to give up my Lok Sabha membership," he said.
The MP, whose son is also a BJP MLA, alleged the names he suggested for other seats were ignored as well.
When contacted, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said, "Brij Bhushan Singh is a senior leader. If there is any issue, he should raise it at an appropriate party forum. It will be resolved. There's internal democracy in the BJP.
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