In Kirti Azad’s Mumbai visit, some spot a loaded agenda

But with Azad in the eye of a storm after his allegations of corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association, many expect it will be a function with political overtones.

Written by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2016 2:53 am
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Formally, it is a function where Maithili-language speaking Mumbaikars will felicitate former cricketer Kirti Azad for his contribution to public life. But sources said there appears to be a more loaded agenda behind Azad’s visit to the commercial capital next week.

The Darbhanga MP, suspended by the BJP last month citing ‘anti-party activities’, is scheduled to visit Mumbai on January 12 to attend a public function where Mumbai’s Maithili Brahmin community will felicitate him. Azad hails from the community and has been pushing for a separate state of Mithila. The community has significant presence in about a dozen districts of North Bihar.

But with Azad in the eye of a storm after his allegations of corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association, many expect it will be a function with political overtones.

Rohan Jha, Chief Coordinator of Maithili Darpan, a publication house that brings out a bi-monthly magazine for Maithili speakers, confirmed that Azad had accepted the invitation for the event, which is planned to be held in suburban Kandivali. Maithili Darpan is the event’s main organiser.

“He is our leader. Unse hamari bhavanayein judi hui hai. There is an emotional connect with him. The BJP has been unfair to him. He is being targeted. This has hurt all of us,” Jha said, admitting that the gathering would expect to discuss the action against Azad by the BJP.

Jha added that the community will make its discontent over BJP’s decision known during the event. Incidentally, senior Congress leaders will share the stage with Azad at the function. In fact, sources said the Congress party could be tacitly backing the organisers, a contention that Jha refuted. “We have invited prominent Maithili leaders to grace the event,” he said. Former MP and Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam is among them. When contacted, Nirupam confirmed that the organisers had indeed invited him for the event.

“Kirti Azad is a prominent Bihari face. He is being cornered by his party for speaking the truth. I feel all Biharis must stand up against this injustice. I’ll surely attend the event and express my solidarity for him,” Nirupam said, dodging questions on whether the Congress was backing the event.

Following his suspension, Azad has been refuting allegations of any collusion with Congress or AAP, and has denied that he had ever indulged in any anti-party activity. Sources said that the Mumbai event might well just be the launchpad for similar events to be held across the country in parts where the Maithili Brahmin population has a sizeable presence.

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    Karunakaran
    Jan 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm
    Nobody that I know believes one word coming out of dopey Jaitley. I would not trust him even if my life depended on it. If BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know whose presence made it happen. Remember that he lost the elections! But he managed to get in. But now, if BJP loses the next Lok Sabha elections, you will know who to blame. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media.
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      SK Gupta
      Jan 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm
      Kirti Azad is a gaddar! Jis thali mein khaata hai usi mein karta hai! Why didn't he file a Criminal complaint against Jaitley in 2013 ? It's only now because he did not get any ministership that this frustrated fellow has teamed up with Sonia hi to weaken the BJP.
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        KeepItHonest
        Jan 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm
        In the Indian kangaroo court, any allegation is by contorted definition, the truth. In my mind, an allegation is slander unless presented with accompanying irrefutable proof to back the allegation. I haven't seen any proof presented by Mr. Azad. I would encourage him to pursue a case through legal channels than to play politics with it in the media and public events. The BJP's actions against him are completely justified. He is lucky not to have been kicked out.
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          rajan luthra
          Jan 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm
          BJP has termed Kirti's conduct as anti-party. Does it mean that his anti-corruption stance is akin to being anti-party? BJP is exposing its hypocrisy regarding honesty and corruption and has got its foot in its own mouth
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            Sajeev Kumar
            Jan 6, 2016 at 1:24 pm
            Both Kirti and Sanjay Nirupam are hungry for some prominent post which were not given to them ( when UPA was in power Sanjay Nirupam's only job was to speak in local news channel) Now Kirti is azad and should join Congress which is in his DNA, his late father Bhagwat Jha Azad was an congressman and went on to became Chief Minister in Bihar.
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