Requests PM to probe deeper into the matter of his suspension and get back to him with specific answers
Ahmedabad: MP Kirti Azad yesterday asked PM Narendra Modi to intervene after being suspended by the BJP for conducting ‘anti-party activities’, and indicated he may seek a court-monitored probe against the DDCA.
Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad and PM Narendra Modi. File pics
A defiant Azad maintained that his fight was only against alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and not against any individual and asked for ‘specific reasons’ for the disciplinary action against him by the party.
“BJP and RSS always speak about uprooting corruption. We also talk about walking the path of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus, wish that Narendra Modiji intervenes in this issue, goes deeper in it, and then tells me about what I have done wrong, as I need specific answers,” Azad told reporters.
BJP chief Amit Shah had ordered Azad’s suspension on Wednesday for publicly targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with allegations of irregularities in DDCA during his tenure.
While talking to the media, Azad alleged that the CBI is indirectly helping DDCA by alerting the cricketing body through notices, resulting in ‘disappearance’ of files.
“I request CBI not to issue notices (to DDCA), as files eventually disappear after such notices. If tomorrow I will go to court and demand a court-monitored inquiry in this case, then you will be in trouble,” said the BJP MP from Darbhanga in Bihar.
Party veterans meet to discuss Azad’s ouster
New Delhi: BJP stalwarts like L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, yesterday met to discuss Azad’s suspension and issues related to the party leadership.
Unlike their last meeting on November 10, wherein they issued a scathing statement against the party leadership, there was no immediate public outburst.
Party sources said the veterans are of the opinion to raise the issues at an ‘opportune’ time and forum.
Rahul takes digat Prime Minister
Lucknow: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi yesterday pilloried Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Azad’s suspension, reminding him of his ‘na khaoonga na khaney doonga’ poll slogan. “During election campaign, Modi spoke about scams and said he would not allow corruption. But now scams are taking place and the latest is the cricket scam, and the MP who raised it has been suspended.”
CSI offers support to Kirti Azad
Bengaluru: Clean Sports (CSI), a movement for corruption-free sports, has offered its support to cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad who has been suspended by the BJP for leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). “CSI condemns the action of BJP to suspend Kirti Azad,” read its statement.