A day after he was suspended from the BJP, MP Kirti Azad sought “justice” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and denied that he had colluded with the Opposition while taking on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi cricket.
Azad was speaking to reporters in Ahmedabad during a two-day visit for “personal business meetings”.
“I met him (Prime Minister Modi) in Ahmedabad in 1995 or 1996 during the elections. He was the organising general secretary and I have great regard for him. I hope the honorable Prime Minister would listen to my plea and do justice. I would also ask the party’s margdarshak mandal to come forward and look into this issue,” he said.
Azad was suspended on Wednesday for “anti-party activities” with party president Amit Shah telling him he had “colluded with Opposition parties including the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party with the sole purpose of embarrassing the party and its office-bearers”. Azad had held a press conference last Sunday, highlighting alleged corruption in the DDCA which Jaitley headed for 13 years until 2013.
He said, “The charges against me are not specific. It has just been said that I have done anti-party activities in the last few months. I’ve been given a notice saying that I have colluded with Opposition parties. I want to know specifically the charges that have been levelled against me, as to when have I spoken to the Opposition parties and worked against the party. And, what are the anti-party activities in the last few months that I have done?”
Denying collusion with AAP or Congress, the Darbhanga MP said, “I have not joined hands with AAP or Congress. AAP is a party which came only yesterday. I have been fighting corruption for the past nine years. The Congress and my family had a relationship with the Nehru-Gandhi family before I was born. My father (the late Bhagwat Jha Azad) was one of the youngest members of the first Indian Parliament. He was with Mrs Indira Gandhi in her Cabinet. Then he was sent as Chief Minister of Bihar.”