BJP expels Ram Jethmalani for six years

May 29, 2013, 07:25 IST | Agencies

Senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP was expelled from primary membership of party for making anti-party remarks; he will now be an independent member of the Rajya Sabha

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expelled senior lawyer and MP Ram Jethmalani from the primary membership of the party for six years over “breach of discipline.” In a letter to Jethmalani, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar said the party’s parliamentary board had taken a unanimous decision yesterday to expel him from the membership of the party. He also indicated further action against Jethmalani over violation of party whip.

89-year-old BJP MP Ram Jethmalani, who had been critical of the BJP leadership and had revolted against then party chief Nitin Gadkari was expelled from the party for “breach of discipline”. File pic

“The central parliamentary board, after considering all your replies, responses and letters, was of the unanimous opinion that you have indulged in a breach of discipline. The parliamentary board, therefore, decided to expel you for a period of six years from the primary membership of the party,” the letter stated.

Jethmalani (89), had earlier been suspended by the party. Ananth Kumar said the party had issued notice to Jethmalani on Nov 26, 2012 asking why disciplinary action should not be taken and noted that the MP had raised several questions in his letter of Dec 4, 2012 but had not directly answered the notice.

“You had made several false allegations against the functionaries of the party. You have raised some irrelevant issues relating to the police commissioner of Delhi which do not relate to the party at all. You had also written on November 26, 2012 to the party President almost on the same lines,” the letter said. He said the parliamentary board was of the opinion that Jethmalani “failed to show any cause with regard to the charges made.” “You have failed to respond to the charge of making statements embarrassing to the party. 

You have further failed to show any sufficient cause with regard to the allegations made by you against the Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. You have again failed to show any sufficient cause for challenging the authority and legitimacy of the party by stating that the party has no guts to take action against you,” the letter said. It also said Jethmalani had defied the whip of the party on May 6 by not voting for the election of the members of the committee on public undertakings.

“The above action is without prejudice to any action that may be initiated against you under Tenth Schedule of the Constitution,” the letter said. Jethmalani had launched an open attack on then party president Nitin Gadkari in November last year and demanded his resignation over allegations of graft. Jethmalani had later criticised BJP’s stance over appointment of Ranjit Sinha as CBI director, and had also made remarks against Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the decision concerning Jethmalani's expulsion was final.

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@chidu77 RamJethmalani will be only 95 when the BJP ban ends. Plenty time for payback
@Dada_Donke Politics is so heartless. Sad, the BJP had to expel Jethmalani from the party for 6 years now, at the beginning of his young, nascent life!
@subhojit_g BJP can expel Ram Jethmalani for years, but the party can't deprive us from his sharp-witted columns in Sunday Guardian.
@SDJDELHI It’s clear. It is Arun Jaitely vs Ram Jethmalani in the BJP. As of now Arun has got the upper hand.
@venkatananth Ram Jethmalani expelled from the BJP for the 737504736295578538th time.  

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