Nagpur: BJP has expelled its sitting MLA from Tumsar Charan Waghmare for contesting as an independent. Waghmare was in jail for four days over molestation complaint lodged by a woman police sub-inspector (PSI). The party gave ticket to Pradip Padole, Bhandara district president of BJP.
Meanwhile, Congress too expelled two former MLAs Sevak Waghaye and Ramratan Raut for rebelling. Waghaye had jumped into fray against Nana Patole, the party candidate from Sakoli. Waghaye had tried to get the party ticket. There were a large number of meetings at the highest level to decide between Patole and Waghaye. However, the party leaders decided in favour of the former. Raut is contesting against Amgaon’s Congress candidate Sahasram Koreti.
Waghmare had gone to the police station with his supporters on September 16. He had a heated exchange of words with the PSI. PSI later lodged a complaint of molestation against the MLA. The first information report (FIR) was registered on September 18 and Waghmare was in magisterial custody for four days.
The incident caused a lot of hue and cry and led to embarassment for BJP. The party leaders decided to deny ticket to the MLA. Waghmare was, however, incensed by the decision and decided to contest as an independent.
BJP state president Chandrakant Patil, taking cognisance of the act, expelled Waghmare along with Geeta Jain of Mira Bhayandar, Balasaheb Owhal of Pimpri Chinchwad and Dilip Deshmukh of Ahmedpur (Latur). Santosh Janathe, general secretary of Palghar district BJP, tendered his resignation following his decision to contest as an independent.