Bengaluru: Expelled BSP MLA N Mahesh said on Wednesday that his expulsion from the party for abstaining from voting in favour of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was an outcome of a “communication gap” between him and the party leadership because he does not know anything about Twitter.
Soon after the HD Kumaraswamy government lost the majority in the floor test in the assembly on Tuesday, BSP supremo Mayawati expelled him from the party.
“Our party MLA N Mahesh has violated the high command’s direction to vote in favour of Kumaraswamy by abstaining from voting, which is indiscipline. The party has taken a very serious view of it and expelled him from the party with immediate effect,” Mayawati had tweeted on Tuesday. She condemned the way Kumaraswamy government was brought down saying that it will go down in the history of democracy as a “black mark” where the BJP used its money and power to pull down the government.
कर्नाटक में कुमारस्वामी सरकार के समर्थन में वोट देने के पार्टी हाईकमान के निर्देश का उल्लंघन करके बीएसपी विधायक एन महेश आज विश्वास मत में अनुपस्थित रहे जो अनुशासनहीनता है जिसे पार्टी ने अति गंभीरता से लिया है और इसलिए श्री महेश को तत्काल प्रभाव से पार्टी से निष्कासित कर दिया गया।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 23, 2019
Defending himself, Mahesh said, “Our party’s Karnataka in-charge and Rajya Sabha member Ashok Siddharth had told me to remain neutral after talking to Behen Mayawati,” Mahesh said at a press conference here.
N Mahesh, K'taka MLA who has been expelled by BSP for abstaining from floor test: Party incharge Ashok Siddharth told me to abstain from voting,be neutral¬ support any party. That was the instruction given to me. Accordingly, I was absent. I haven't violated Behen ji's order. pic.twitter.com/1lePjQkEH4
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2019
Since he did not know anything about Twitter, Mahesh was unaware that Mayawati had directed him through her Tweet to support the Kumaraswamy government. “I don’t know anything about Twitter or anything like that. Hence, I came to know (about expulsion) when I was on my way to Bengaluru. My expulsion was due to the communication gap. I feel that in the coming days, it will be rectified,” he said.
Nanjaiah Mahesh was the Karnataka president of the BSP. He was the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education of Karnataka in the HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet but he resigned on 11 October citing personal reasons. He had won the 2018 Assembly election from Kollegal constituency.