India party lawmaker Vinod Binny expelled

Vinod Binny Image copyright courtesy: outlook magazine
Image caption Mr Binny had accused the leadership of his party of being dictatorial

India's anti-corruption party has expelled a lawmaker who won a seat in recent elections in the capital, Delhi.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which governs in Delhi, said Vinod Binny was being punished for "making false statements against the party and its leadership".

Mr Binny said the AAP's decision was "unfortunate".

Led by activist Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP won 28 of the 70 seats in last month's Delhi elections on a pledge to fight corruption and clean up politics.

Encouraged by the performance, the party has decided to contest the parliamentary elections, which are likely to be held in April or May.

Mr Binny had accused the AAP of lacking democracy and had said Mr Kejriwal was a "dictator".

Mr Kejriwal, who is the chief minister of Delhi, accused Mr Binny of being unhappy because he had not been made a minister in the Delhi cabinet and his request for a party ticket to contest the upcoming general election had been turned down by the party. Mr Binny denied his allegations.

Last week Mr Kejriwal led his party in an unprecedented sit-in protest in the city centre which was sparked by a row over who controls the city's police force.

His administration had accused the police of failing to deal with an alleged drugs and prostitution ring - something they denied.

The federal government, which commands Delhi's police force, sent on leave two police officers Mr Kejriwal wanted suspended on allegations of misconduct.

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