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DDCA Row: BJP Suspends MP Kirti Azad For Remarks Against Arun Jaitley

New Delhi; Dec.24: Cracking the whip, BJP on Wednesday suspended its MP Kirti Azad, who has been leading a campaign against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on alleged corruption in DDCA, charging him with anti-party activities and accusing him of "colluding" with Congress and AAP to bring it into "disrepute".

The BJP had earlier said that action would be taken against Azad for embarrassing the party in connection with the alleged corruption prevailing in DDCA.

The party issued a terse letter in the evening: "For anti-party activities, Shri Kirti Azad, MP, Darbhanga, is with immediate effect suspended from the party."

But hours before the suspension, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha tweeted in support of Mr. Azad and asked Mr. Jaitley to "come clean," following the example of L.K. Advani, read by many as a hint at Mr. Advani's resignation as MP when accused of involvement in the hawala scam. 

Calling Mr. Azad "hero of the day," Mr. Sinha - who has also embarrassed the BJP leadership when the Bihar Assembly polls were on - called upon the party not to punish him, cautioning that "untimely action could boomerang." 

The suspended BJP MP, Kirti Azad, said "I am happy that the real face of the BJP has come out though they claim to fight against corruption. Wait for my next move."

Mr. Azad's public statements in the last few days had embarrassed many in the BJP, especially when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and some Cabinet Ministers had come out in support of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,. against whom the AAP has launched a campaign over the Delhi and District Cricket Association controversy. 

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