Punjab MLA Anil Joshi has been expelled by the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for six years. The suspension comes after Anil Joshi allegedly made comments against the party. A notice was issued to Anil Joshi by the state’s BJP unit, which barred him for six years due to his “anti-party” statements and remarks.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s state president, Ashwani Sharma, stated that Anil Joshi had issued several statements against the union government’s policies and leadership, which showcase anti-party sentiments. He stated that even after warnings, he did not refrain from the act. Hence, the disciplinary committee recommended suspension as an option. His primary membership has been barred for six years, stated BJP state president Ashwani Sharma.
Anil Joshi, the former MLA of the North Amritsar region, had made several comments regarding the farmers’ protests. He had allegedly stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party had prospered in the state due to the farmers’ support.
He cited the protests of the farmers and said around 500 had lost their lives during the protest held in the national capital. He asked the government and other organizations to support the farmers. These comments were cited as anti-party by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Anil Joshi said he will continue to remain on the same grounds despite his suspension. He asserted that, in his view, he did not speak against the party’s interest.
He stated that he did not support repealing the three farm laws. However, he wanted the central government to resolve the issue.
He further spoke about Ashwani Sharma, stating he is junior to him and has contested twice. Whereas he had contested thrice and became a minister by devoting 35 years to the party.
He had given a 15-day-ultimatum to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state leadership to clear heads over the farmers’ protest, which exacerbated the situation.
On July 7, a notice was issued by the Punjab state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party to Anil Joshi. The notice asked Joshi to explain his case of anti-party comments, made against the alleged mishandling of the farmers’ protest by the center.
Subsequently, he was suspended on the directions of state president Ashwani Sharma. Submitting his two-page reply to the notice issued against him on July 7, he asked Ashwani Sharma if it was indiscipline to keep the viewpoint of small traders, industrialists, and laborers.
He also cited the members leaving the party in recent times and asked whether providing a suggestion is regarded as indiscipline.
Anil Joshi had told The Indian Express that the party leaders wish to contest from 117 seats in the 2022 assembly constituencies, however, he said that due to the protest against the farm laws. It will be a difficult task to secure the seats.
The two-time MLA from the Amritsar North region entered politics via Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the 1990s. He became the head of the rural wing in 2001 and won an election in 2007.
There have been speculations that Anil Joshi was in talks with the Akali’s to join the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) party
Mohan Lal, another BJP senior member, had made similar comments as Anil Joshi. He criticized the central party for causing jeopardy in his political career. He had accused the government of not taking the issue of the farm laws to the party’s high command in New Delhi. He also defended Joshi’s statement.