The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Saturday suspended its Member of Parliament Danish Ali for indulging in anti-party activities.
“You were warned may times against statements or actions against the policies, ideology and discipline of the party. But, despite that you have continuously been acting against the party,” the BSP said in a statement.
A Jamia Milia Islamia alumni, active in politics since student days and a vocal advocate of the causes he believes in, Danish Ali first made his name far from the national stage and even native Uttar Pradesh.
On Friday, Ali sided with the Opposition and slammed the expulsion of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra as a Lok Sabha MP. He hit out at the Centre, saying its “brute majority” in the Lower House did not mean it could “throttle the Opposition”.
“When filthy questions were being asked by the ethics committee and we questioned that, they started making allegations against our conduct. What is happening? If you have a brute majority, that does not mean you will throttle the opposition and expel MPs from the opposition parties,” he said.
The BSP is not a member of the ruling BJP-led NDA or the Opposition INDIA bloc.
In September, Ali was in the headlines when BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri hurled anti-Muslim slurs at him, during a discussion on the Chandrayaan-3 mission. Bidhuri’s remarks triggered a massive row with Ali and the Opposition demanded strict action against Bidhuri.
Earlier this week, Bidhuri and Ali appeared separately before the Lok Sabha Privileges Committee. The BJP MP expressed his regret for his objectionable remarks against the now-suspended BSP parliamentarian.