Lucknow: The BJP has expelled 54 workers, who are contesting against authorised candidates of the party in the ongoing urban local body elections.

"During a meeting of the local body poll steering committee, 54 people, those contesting elections against authorised candidates of the party, have been expelled," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said on Thursday.

The meeting was attended by state president Laxmikant Bajpai, Surya Pratap Shahi, Om Prakash Singh and MP Lalji Tandon among others.

Prominent leaders to be expelled from the party include former MLA Hari Pratap Singh, state secretary Shailtanya Srivastava, contesting mayor election from Allahabad, Prabha Chaudhary and her husband Jitendra Chaudhary, Pathak said.

"State president Laxmi Kant Bajpai has directed the regional coordinators to identify such party workers and leaders and send the list to the senior leadership so that disciplinary action can be taken against them," he said.

The local body election will commence on June 23.


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