Khurana defiant, not to join Uma Bharti's party
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Khurana defiant, not to join Uma Bharti's party

Former Delhi CM Madan Lal Khurana stuck a defiant note, a day after his suspension from BJP.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 14:35 IST

Former Delhi Chief Minister Madan Lal Khurana on Monday stuck a defiant note, a day after his suspension from BJP, joining hands with expelled party leader Uma Bharti, who criticised the action against him.

Unfazed by the party's decision, he charged party President Rajnath Singh with acting under the influence of a "coterie" close to senior leader LK Advani. But he made it clear that he was not joining Bharti's party.

He was yesterday suspended from the primary membership of the party for his alleged anti-party activities and statements made against party leaders.

Khurana had invited the party's wrath by declaring his plans to join Bharti's 'Janadesh' rally in New Delhi slated to be held on Tuesday. On Monday morning he joined her in offering prayers at the historic Sikh shrine Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi and vowed to fight for their cause.

Maintaining that he will not join Bharti's proposed new party, Khurana said his decision to participate in her rally was to fight against the demolitions in Delhi.

"I will stand staunchly by the people of Delhi even if it means expulsion from the party or sacrificing my life," Khurana asserted.

Keeping the cards close to his chest, he refused to divulge his future plans about floating a new party. "My present aim is to protect the people of the capital."

Terming Khurana's removal as unjustified, Bharti said he had served the party in various capacities with honesty and integrity.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 13:48 IST