Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad has responded to the suspension notice from BJP with the help of party leader Subramanian Swamy.
On Wednesday Azad was suspended for making public statements that there was corruption in the DDCA when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was heading it.
Swamy in his tweets appears appeared to question the party’s decision to suspend Kirti Azad for attacking Jaitley over the DDCA row, asking whether cricket fell within the purview of party discipline.
“Kirti issues are 1 -- is cricket affair within the purview of party discipline. 2 -- due to SC case on BCCI, is party decision amenable in court,” Swamy tweeted.
Speaking to ANI, Swamy confirmed that he will assist Azad to draft a reply to the notice from BJP. “I will say that he (Kirti Azad) is still a member of BJP. I have every right to assist him,” Swamy said.
swamy’s support came as BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha went into a huddle over developments in the party in the wake of Mr Azad’s suspension.
Azad has sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi and Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins.
Azad maintained that his fight was only against alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and not against any individual.
“I hope the Prime Minister will listen to my plea and do justice. I will also ask margdarshak mandal to come forward and look into the issue,” Azad said.
In a letter to party president Amit Shah, has asked for proof of his “anti-party activities” which prompted the BJP to take action against him.
“In all fairness and in keeping with the tenets of equity, I look forward to being provided an opportunity to clear my name on the serious charges of having acted against the party’s interests. I request you to kindly provide me at the earliest instances and proof that I have indulged in anti-party activities so that I can clear the air and provide you with answers to your satisfaction, confirming that I have neither acted against the party’s constitution nor against the interests of our party,” he wrote to Shah.
Citing the party’s charge that he brought BJP and its office-bearers into disrepute with actions and that he colluded with Congress and AAP, Azad insisted that he has been a loyal solider of BJP since 1993 when he was elected as an MLA from New Delhi assembly seat.