According to local MLA and Cabinet minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati, "Masala had garlanded BJP leader Nitin Gadkari when he was in Amethi district during the Lok Sabha polls."

"Anyone found indulging in anti-party acts will be dismissed from the party," he said.

Responding to the expulsion, Masala said, "SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is like my father and he had asked me to join politics."

Masala is a trader and known for his 'Rajesh Masala' brand of spices.

(Agencies)

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