BJP panel finds Azad guilty, likely to expel him for ‘indiscipline’

  • Kumar Uttam, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 09, 2016 08:31 IST
The BJP disciplinary committee is likely to expel suspended leader Kirti Azad over discipline issues. (HT Photo )

The BJP’s disciplinary committee has found suspended MP Kirti Azad guilty of indiscipline and unfairly targeting leaders despite being advised against it.

Sources believe this sets the ground for Azad’s expulsion from the BJP, which is left with little option after having first suspended him on December 23 and then serving him a show-cause notice a week later.

Azad had rebutted the charges in his January 1 reply to the show-cause notice.

A BJP leader said: “His expulsion seems inevitable. It is a matter of time. An announcement could be made early next week.”

A decision to this effect could be taken in a meeting of the party’s senior leaders on Sunday.

“He created uncomfortable and unpleasant situations for the BJP. He lowered the dignity and authority of even the Prime Minister. He should have resigned and then targeted the senior leaders of the BJP. His acts amounts to indiscipline,” chairman of BJP’s disciplinary committee Ganeshi Lal said.

Many BJP leaders felt that Azad was targeting Jaitley at the behest of Congress leaders, who wanted to embarrass the Centre by targeting the finance minister, who is known for a clean track record and is the chief trouble shooter for the Centre on almost every issue.

The case of Congress president Sonia Gandhi prompting Kirti Azad to respond immediately to Jaitley’s December 21 statement in the Lok Sabha and Azad obliging her was not taken well within the party.

Azad had repeatedly attacked Jaitley and said financial irregularities were committed in the Delhi and District Cricket Association, when Jaitley was the president for nearly a decade.

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