BJP to seek disqualification of caste-hopping Congress MLA

Bhopal, Nov 18 (PTI) The BJP in Madhya Pradesh isseeking disqualification of Congress MLA Jajpal Singh Jajjifrom the assembly for allegedly changing his caste ondifferent occasions for political gains.

The move by the main opposition party comes in thebackdrop of the Assembly speaker disqualifying BJP legislatorPrahlad Lodhi from the House following his conviction in acriminal offence. His conviction by the trial court was laterstayed by the high court.

'We are going to petition the Election Commission andthe Madhya Pradesh High Court to get Jajji disqualified fromthe legislature.

'Our state leaders are now discussing how to take thematter forward and get the Congress MLA ousted from theHouse,' MP BJP chief spokesman Deepak Vijayvargiya said onMonday.

Jajji, the sitting MLA from Ashoknagar, has changedhis caste on different occasions to gain politically, he said.

He first got elected as a Janpad (council) memberunder the general quota and then became the AshoknagarMunicipal Council president, a post reserved for OBCs, byclaiming to be a member of the Keer caste, Vijayvargiyaclaimed.

Thereafter, in 2013, he unsuccessfully contested fromthe Ashoknagar assembly seat, reserved for Scheduled Castes,by producing a false caste certificate, the BJP chiefspokesman alleged.

Last year, Jajji contested from the same seat -Ashoknagar (SC) - on a Congress ticket and won, he said.

When contacted, state Congress spokesman BhupendraGupta said let the competent authority decide the matterrelated to Jajji's caste, and also hit out at the BJP.

'It is like the pot calling the kettle black. What wasthe BJP doing when Jyoti Dhurve became MP from Betul on fakecaste certificate in the previous Lok Sabha election (2014).

It shielded her,' Gupta said.

Recently, a court in Bhopal convicted Lodhi and 12others and sentenced him to two years in jail for attackingthe tehsildar (revenue official) of Raipura in August 2014.

Following the conviction, the Assembly speakerdisqualified the MLA from Pawai in Panna district from theHouse.

However, on an appeal filed by him, the Madhya Pradeshhigh court stayed the conviction and two-year sentence ofLodhi till January 7, and granted him bail.

With Lodhi's disqualification, the BJPs strength inthe 230-member assembly came down to 107. The saffron partyhad won 109 seats in last year's assembly polls, but laterlost the Jhabua assembly bypoll to the Congress.

The Congress tally rose to 115, one short of thesimple majority mark, after it wrested Jhabua from the BJP inthe last month's bypoll.

The Congress government is surviving on support of 2BSP MLAs, one of the SP and four Independent MLAs. PTI LAL MASRSY RSY