A Canberra Liberals candidate appears to have been forced out of running in this October’s Legislative Assembly election for not sticking to the party line.
A party statement said small businessman and teacher Vijay Dubey had today resigned as a Liberal candidate for Kurrajong for the forthcoming election.
The statement said the party was confident that it will have an outstanding candidate to replace him soon.
Mr Dubey had apparently gone off message during campaigning and relations between him and the party had been deteriorating for some time.
It had got to the point that the party was starving him of campaign funds.
Another Liberal candidate for Kurrajong is believed to have complained two weeks ago that the party machine was treating Mr Dubey badly and that his financial contribution to the party was not being reflected in campaign support.
Some party members are also believed to be in fear of recrimination if they speak out on the matter.
It is believed the party had issued an ultimatum to Mr Dubey that he resign or be disendorsed.
Mr Dubey denies he was pushed, saying he resigned for personal reasons and that he will remain a team player. But he has not ruled out running in the election as an independent.
He ran as an independent in Ginninderra in 2016.