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 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.