UP News: Expelled Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Richa Singh has written to the Election Commission (EC) demanding action against her own party. He said that his expulsion was undemocratic. Please tell that Richa Singh has contested the assembly elections twice as a SP candidate from Allahabad West constituency in Prayagraj district. Richa Singh was shown the way out of the party on 16 February.
The Samajwadi Party leadership has not officially given any reason for expelling him. Please tell that Richa Singh had raised her voice against the remarks of SP leader Swami Prasad Maurya on Ramcharitmanas. Maurya had sought removal of certain passages in the book of shlokas based on the epic Ramayana, which he claimed spoke demeaningly about Dalits and other backward communities.
What did Richa say in the letter to the Election Commission?
In her letter to the poll panel, Richa Singh claimed that the party expelled her without any explanation, prior warning or show cause notice. After his expulsion, Singh claimed that he was punished for speaking against SP MLA Maurya over his remarks on Ramcharitmanas.
Singh said, “Before taking any action, a show cause notice should be issued. Everyone should be given a fair opportunity to present their side. The Samajwadi Party never issued me a show cause notice.” He said such action violates Article 30 of the party’s constitution.
Richa Bolin – Expulsion humiliating, undemocratic
The expelled SP leader said, “Such an act on the part of the Samajwadi Party is disrespectful, undemocratic and against the principles of party democracy. It is also against the norms, principles and basic spirit of the Indian Constitution. Richa Singh urged the commission to take cognizance of the whole matter and said that the party is being run on whims and the party constitution is being violated.
Richa Singh also said that she has not even received any formal information about her expulsion. I will also move the Allahabad High Court soon against my expulsion on the same grounds. Richa Singh, who formally joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led party in December 2016, was elected president of the Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU) in October 2015 with the support of the SP.
Richa Singh, the first woman president of AUSU, emerged as a leader when she protested against the entry of Yogi Adityanath, the then MLA from Gorakhpur, into the university campus during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected student union.