BJP suspends Madan Lal Khurana

He had earlier hinted at quitting party over not being given any responsibility.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 22:28 IST

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Madan Lal Khurana was on Sunday suspended from the primary membership of the party.

This happened barely hours after he announced plans to attend expelled party leaderUma Bharati's March 21 rally in New Delhi.

BJP president Rajnath Singh took the decision to suspend Khurana taking into account the utterances and statements made by the former Delhi Chief Minister over the last few days, party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

The letter informing Khurana of his suspension, signed by Naqvi, has been served on the former Union Minister.

Khurana had earlier this week hinted at quitting the party over not

 

 Khurana speaks after suspension

beinggivenany responsibility in the party.

Apparentlypeeved at the party not nominating him in the latest round of Rajya Sabha elections, Khurana on Sunday announced plans to attend Uma Bharti's Janadesh rally on March 21 even if he is expelled from the party.

Bharti is expected to launch her new party at the rally.

Khurana's suspension is being seen as a warning to the party rank and file ahead of Bharti's rally that attending the same would be treated as an act of indiscipline.

Bharti has also invited former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Sanghapriya Gautam to the rally.

Last year too, Khurana had been expelled from the party after he supported the Gujarat party dissidents and made a statement against Advani.

However, following the intervention of formerPrime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and after expression of regrets for the statements against Advani, he was brought back but not given any responsibility.

After taking charge as party president, Rajnath Singh had brought Khurana back into the party's national executive.

Party sources said that over the last few days, Singh had been holding talks with Khurana and had advised him against taking any hasty step.

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 19:33 IST