New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday expelled at least 40 members for their alleged role in ‘anti-party activities’ in Uttarakhand, stated a report. The complete list of the defaulters was tweeted by news agency ANI on Sunday.

Rajnish Sharma, Meera Raturi, Mohan Singh Bisht, Mahesh Bagri, Pramila Uniyal and Bhavan Singh were some of those who were expelled by BJP earlier in the day. This extreme step was taken by the ruling party in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘displine session’ with some of the lawmakers after the son of BJP veteran Kailash Vijayvargiya, Akash Vijayvargiya, used a cricket bat and physically assaulted an official.

There are several instances when the party had to take such disciplinary actions. In August 2019, former Himachal Pradesh power minister Anil Sharma was dismissed from the party on the demand of a section of local leaders. Following the expulsion, BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh had said, “Who so ever be, if he goes against the party line, he will have to face action. He (Sharma) went against the party line. So action has been taken against him.”

In yet another incident in August, the BJP expelled four-time lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping an Unnao teen and threatening her family. The decision was taken amid public outcry days after the survivor and her lawyer were critically wounded while two of her relatives were killed in a road accident near Rae Bareli district.