BJP expels youth who files FIR against state vice-president

Shillong, July 31: The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled Tony Marbaniang, who had earlier lodged an FIR against its vice president, J.A. Lyngdoh, from primary membership for six years for his alleged anti-party activities.

The decision was taken by the party’s disciplinary committee which took up the matter recently. In his FIR, Marbaniang had accused Lyngdoh of falsely accusing him of proposing to contest the election just for the sake of money.

Both Lyngdoh a former minister, and Marbaniang, had announced their decision to contest on BJP ticket from North Shillong constituency, which is presently represented by Congress MLA and Health minister, Roshan Warjri.

Informing this here on Monday, Marbaniang told reporters that he would not accept the decision taken against him, on the ground that the state BJP leaders had violated the constitution of the party.

“The decision was taken without adhering to the party’s constitution which clearly stated that before expelling a member, show cause or chargesheet should be issued, which in the present instant was not done,” he alleged.

Stating that he has nothing against the BJP, he however said that he is only against the leaders in the state party even as he accused the state president Shibun Lyngdoh of being unfit to lead the BJP in Meghalaya.

“I don’t think Shibun is fit to lead the party when he does not even know the constitution of the party,” he said.

According to Marbaniang, the disciplinary committee did not pinpoint in the letter sent by post to his residence, the kind of anti-party activity he was indulging.

Marbaniang also challenged the leaders of the BJP including JA Lyngdoh that he would ensure that he (Lyngdoh) would not win the upcoming Assembly election.

He also said that he would soon take up the matter with the central leaders of the BJP for necessary intervention into the alleged act of injustice by the state party.

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