Khurana goes Uma way, gets BJP axe
ONCE THE Delhi face of the BJP, Madan Lal Khurana has been suspended from the primary membership of the party -- for the second time in the past seven months.india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 13:30 IST
ONCE THE Delhi face of the BJP, Madan Lal Khurana has been suspended from the primary membership of the party -- for the second time in the past seven months.
The latest suspension came barely hours after Khurana said he would attend rebel leader Uma Bharti's March 21 rally in the Capital. He had been asked to cool down after his recent outburts against the BJP. Party president Rajnath Singh sacked him after Khurana ignored the appeal.
A letter signed by BJP vice-president M.A. Naqvi was sent to Khurana. "It's okay," he said, showing no surprise. "I'll respond to it tomorrow."
The suspension leaves Khurana with only one option: to pursue his ultimate ambition of forming his own group and heading a 'third front' of disgruntled leaders like H.S. Balli and others like Ramvir Singh Bidhuri in the Capital.
Till two months ago, happy that Advani was no longer the BJP chief, Khurana thought he had a bright future under Rajnath.
Last week, Khurana had lashed out at the party for not nominating him in the latest round of Rajya Sabha elections and for not making him an office-bearer and handing the charge of Delhi to his rival and BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, V.K. Malhotra.
In September last year, Khurana was expelled after he supported Gujarat's dissident MLAs who demanded Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s removal. He had criticised Advani. However, former PM A.B. Vajpayee's intervention meant his suspension was revoked (in two days) after he said he regretted his statements against Advani. But he was not given any responsibility.
Rajnath rehabilitated him as BJP national executive member after taking over from Advani. But that was not enough for Khurana.
He felt he had made a mistake by quitting as Rajasthan governor when the Congress leadership would have kept him going in Jaipur's Raj Bhavan. Miffed at being sidelined, Khurana had on Thursday asked Rajnath to assign him a "key responsibility" or allow him to take his own course. "If there's no job for me in the BJP, I should be allowed to go," he said. His outburst came two days after Bharti asked him to join her March 21 rally.
In a letter to Rajnath, Khurana made no bones about being upset at not being made an office-bear under his dispensation, or ever since he quit as Delhi CM in 1996 following the hawala scam. Khurana alleged that the party had “broken its promise” that he would be named for a Rajya Sabha berth after he quit as Rajasthan governor. He also regretted being denied any party platform to address issues related to the people of Delhi.
First Published: Mar 20, 2006 13:30 IST