New Delhi: BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad was on Wednesday suspended by party chief Amit Shah for publicly targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with allegations of irregularities in Delhi's cricket body DDCA.
"Kirti Azad, Darbhanga MP, is suspended from party with immediate effect for his anti-party activities," a BJP statement said.
A show cause notice has been issued to him asking him to explain his 'anti-party conduct', the party said, adding that further action will depend on his reply. Azad had defied the party chief and went ahead with a press conference on Sunday highlighting corruption allegations linked to the Delhi and District Cricket Association(DDCA) of which Jaitley was the president for 13 years till 2013.
The BJP MP, who has been backed by former India cricket captain Bishen Singh Bedi and sulking BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, followed up the presser with an open dare on social media and barbs in Parliament targeting Jaitley, prompting the party to crack the whip.
Though Azad has been unrelenting in his attack, Jaitley has chosen not to proceed against him even as he dragged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, slapping civil and criminal defamation suits against them in the Delhi High Court and the Patiala House court.
BJP has rallied around the Finance Minister with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will come out of it with flying colours. Amit Shah also batted for him saying the party stands united with him.
NEW DELHI: Seeking to put further pressure on Arun Jaitley, banned Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president KPS Gill (in pic) yesterday dragged him into the affairs of Hockey India (HI). Gill wrote to Delhi CM, alleging Jaitley had appointed his daughter Sonali as the counsel for HI when he was a member of the advisory board of Hockey India League. However, current HI President Narinder Batra refuted the allegations.
Lalit Modi tears into Jaitley
It’s a open secret that #Ddca is run as a private concern of @arunjaitley and his sidekick #narendrabatra for decades they systematically they have made it an art. For years no elections !? no accounts !? they went to great lengths to keep there hold on the game. Next move hockey league together owned run and owned by them. Look into cancellation of thousands of crores contract due from @newscorp - which had no exit - how ? Why ? u will collusion to the highest level. And further see quid quo pro in #hockey other areas — one name @arunjaitley He orchestrated my ouster by filing a complaint. Sat on the committee as head. Prosecuted without allowing me to appear. JUSTICE AJ WAY