BJP expels Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday expelled its Uttarakhand MLA Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years, days after a purported video of the legislator brandishing guns and dancing at a house party became viral on social media.

“The party sought an explanation from Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ on the video where he is seen abusing and indulging in wrongful acts. Since his reply was not satisfactory, as per our disciplinary committee, he has been expelled from the party for six years,” BJP media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni was quoted by news agency ANI.

Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt had last week served a show-cause notice on Championm, who was already suspended from the party, asking why he should not be expelled from the party.

Champion was suspended from the BJP last month for three months for an alleged misdemeanour. He was accused of threatening a journalist at Uttarakhand Niwas here.

The Uttarakhand legislator was also in the news a couple of months ago for publicly indulging in a war of words with BJP MLA from Jhabreda constituency Deshraj Karnawal and challenging him to a wrestling bout.

In 2016, Champion was among nine lawmakers who revolted against then chief minister Harish Rawat and switched from the Congress to the BJP.

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