Decide whether to continue in NDA: BJP to tell JD(U)
Angry over the "unacceptable" comments Ejaj Ali on ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death, BJP decided to issue a warning to JD(U) asking it to make up its mind whether it wants to continue in the NDA or not.delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2008 15:52 IST
Angry over the "unacceptable" comments of JD(U) MP Ejaj Ali on Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death, BJP on Wednesday decided to issue a warning to JD(U) asking it to make up its mind whether it wants to continue in the NDA or not.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the BJP central leadership here which was attended by the party's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani.
Party sources said the leaders felt that Ali's comments on Karkare, while supporting Minority Affairs Minister A R Antulay who raised suspicion about the circumstances of the ace police officer's death, were "outlandish and unacceptable".
"We have decided to issue a warning to JD(U) asking them to decide whether they want to continue in NDA or not," a senior party leader, who attended the meeting, told PTI.
Ali had demanded an investigation into Karkare's killing in the Rajya Sabha last week. Speaking outside Parliament, he had also asked his leaders to snap ties with the BJP.
"There should be no uproar on Antulay's remarks. Rather all parties should support the demand. Proper probe in the killing of Karkare and two other officers should be made. It needs to be cleared whether Karkare fell to terrorism or some other conspiracy," Ali had said.
During the meeting, the BJP leader said, other issues like preparing for the Lok Sabha elections were also discussed.
"In his speech, Advani asked the party leaders that selection of candidates should be sans favouritism and groupism. He also warned the leaders to be cautious about TV appearances and statements to media," he said.