NEW DELHI: After the conclusion of the winter session of parliament, the Bharateya Janata Party (BJP) has on Wednesday issued a statement suspending its Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad, allegedly for his rebel activities. Azad has been making public statements against Arun Jaitley, asking him to come clean in a CBI inquiry on allegations over scams in DDCA during his tenure as President.
The statement issued by the BJP said, “Shri Kirti Azad, MP of Darbhanga is suspended with immediate effect from the party, for anti-party activities”.
Sources said BJP party president Amit Shah, had earlier met Kirti Azad warning him over the anti-party activities before taking the suspension decision as Mr Azad did not heed to the advice of Amit Shah.
Hours before the suspension of Kirti Azad, MP Shatrughan Sinha tweeted “It was a brave act from Kirti. He asked the Finance Minister to do the same which L.K Advani has done earlier”. Mr Sinha was addressing to the resignation of the veteran leader Advani as MP, when he faced allegations over involvement in the hawala scam and indirectly asked the Finance Minister to ‘come clean’.
On the other hand, the Indian National Congress (INC) backed Azad and officially invited him to join them against corruption in BJP.
Political analysts opined that Kirti Azad was suspended from the party after the conclusion of parliament, to make sure that he does not create havoc in the parliament demanding explanation over his suspension.
The DDCA has been a matter of debate since the launch of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign, blaming Arun Jaitley for irregularities in the State Cricket board during his tenure as the President of DDCA. Many of the political leaders and the opposition has come in favor of the AAP, as they protested against the Finance Minister and demanded for his resignation in the parliament.
Following the suspension of Kirti Azad, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted “There is no democracy in the BJP government. Honest voices are muzzled to protect corruption”.