Time to take action against Kirti Azad, feels BJP

New Delhi, Dec. 22 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is of the view that action should be taken against its Member of Parliament (MP) Kirti Azad for embarrassing it in connection with the alleged corruption prevailing in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

“Party democracy doesn’t give you the right to slander and then get prodded by the opposition in Parliament. And then, you embarrass the government in Parliament. Through tweets, you provoke the leader and this entire episode amounts to gross indiscipline,” BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI.

“It’s time for action. It is my feeling, because it’s not giving a good name to the party. Because, this indiscipline is not giving a good signal to the party cadre,” he added.

When asked to respond to Azad’s claim that his Twitter account had been hacked, Singh said why had it taken the BJP lawmaker 24 hours to report it.

Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah has issued a statement in which he has defended Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is at the centre of the row involving the DDCA.

Shah said the party would stand united to defeat any conspiracy to malign Jaitley’s reputation.

“Mr. Jaitley’s public life has been one of high principles. The BJP will not allow the AAP’s conspiracy to malign him to succeed,” Shah said.

The statement attacked the Aam Aadmi Party, but did not mention the BJP’s own MP Kirti Azad, who has dared Jaitley to file a defamation case against him after his press conference on Sunday.

The party has held back from naming Azad till now, even though union ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi have hinted at likely ‘action’ at the party-level. (ANI)

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