UP: BSP legislative party leader Shah Alam quits party

Bahujan Samaj Party’s legislative party leader in Uttar Pradesh Shah Alam MLA resigned on Thursday, ahead of the state assembly polls.

“I am mentally disturbed and I have no intention of going to any party right now. I will rest for a few days,” the two-term MLA from Mubarakpur in Azamgarh told the PTI news agency.

After Alam’s resignation, the BSP has been left with just six of the 19 MLAs who were elected in the 2017 state polls. On 3 June this year, Mayawati expelled two prominent BSP leaders Lalji Verma and Ram Achal Rajbhar for “indulging in anti-party activities.” The duo later joined the SP. Last month, six MLAs, suspended from the BSP, also switched to the SP.

In his resignation letter, Alam thanked BSP chief Mayawati for giving him an opportunity to serve people.

“With a heavy heart I have to say that in a meeting with you on November 21, I felt that despite my dedication and honesty towards the party, you did not seem satisfied. After thinking about our conversation during the meeting, I felt that if I was a burden on my leader and party, I would not like that to continue. Hence, I am resigning as the legislature party leader and an MLA as I won the election on a BSP ticket,” Alam wrote in the letter.

However, party supremo Mayawati in a statement claimed that Alam had threatened to quit if she did not help him in a police case registered by a woman.

BSP’s statement in Hindi read: “The reason for Alam’s resignation is that a girl working in his company has levelled accusations against his character. She has also lodged a police complaint, which is being probed. He himself told me this. After this, he was putting pressure on me to speak to the chief minister and get the matter closed. He met me regarding this recently. I told him that it was a case by a girl and that it would be good if he doesn’t get justice in the probe, he can approach a court.”