Advani, other BJP veterans discuss Azad, leadership issues

New Delhi (PTI): BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha, who had virtually revolted after Bihar poll debacle, today met here to discuss the suspension of MP Kirti Azad and issues related to party leadership.

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Unlike their last meeting on November 10 when they had issued a scathing statement against the party leadership, there was no immediate public comment this time round with sources close to them saying that they will raise their issues at an “opportune” time and forum.

Asked if the issue of suspension of Azad from BJP after he attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body came up for discussion, a veteran said, “It should be obvious, considering the background of the meeting.” He, however, declined to divulge any details.

Advani, Kumar and Sinha drove down to Joshi’s residence at around noon and were in a huddle for close to an hour. “We met. We had tea,” Kumar said as he left after the meeting, declining to elaborate.

Azad had sought intervention of the ‘margdarshak mandal’, comprising Advani, Joshi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was formed by BJP president Amit Shah after he took over the party reins. It has never met since its formation and was criticised as a move to sideline Advani and Joshi.

Sources close to the veterans said they were also not happy with the party’s response to their concerns. An impression was given by the leadership that they were reaching out to them but in reality nothing concrete has happened, they said.

The four leaders had launched a sharp attack on the leadership on Diwali eve, saying BJP had been “emasculated” in one year and demanded accountability for its massive loss in the Bihar elections.

Senior party leaders, including Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, had met Advani later. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had subsequently said the matter was a “closed chapter”, suggesting that the party had reached out to them to address their issues.

Cracking the whip yesterday, BJP suspended Azad, who has been leading a campaign against 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 action of the BJP Parliamentary Board to suspend him from the party’s primary membership with immediate effect came three days after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament.

3 Comments

  1. Modi may not be able to bring back every paisa of black money but bringing back his cabinet members’ black money would be a good start.

  2. Dear readers,

    For a party that reserves dancing as a fundamental right and has patented the mythological rath yatra as the new-age equivalent of the humble protest march, it was natural for the BJP to set about portraying even corruption in an exhibition. Literally.

    Remarrying EX-wife is one of the most common practice in ‘Party of difference’ alias ‘Bharatiya Danga party’.

    It is Denotification Yeddyurappa, Babri Masjid demolition man Kalyan Singh,“vinash purush” praised to Modi by Uma Bharati,Pakistani born L.K.Advani………list goes endless.

    It is exposure of corruption made within the party or opposition, corrupt are dear to party and black money is ‘jumbla’.

    The BJP’s creative fight against corruption was sadly wanting in the absence of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman gleefully accepting wads of cash in the Tehelka tapes and party MP from Chhattisgarh Dilip Singh Judev’s lyrical tribute to his bribe- givers: “Paisa Khuda to nahin, par Khuda ki kasam, Khuda se kam bhi nahin (Money is not God. But by God, it is no less than God.)” Unmindful of such oversights, the BJP’s media wing was clearly concentrating on the task at hand.

    As the honour to the corruption remarks party still hung Late Bangaru Laxman pictures with dignity. Who knows ‘Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev’ will be the next?

    Jai Hind

    • Shaikh Mohd. Rizwan,

      How can you be so daft when, in one of my posts, I have clearly told you that before 14/08/1947, THERE WAS NO PAKISTAN and THAT TERRORIST AND FAILED STATE was born much after the birth of L.K. Advani, Jaswant Singh, Khushwant Singh, I.K. Gujral, Satnam Singh Hitkari and many others?

      I have also mentioned that Mohd. Ali Jinnah was the most improbable leader to lead a Sunni, Islamic Nation, as everything about him, his habits and lifestyle were at variance for being chosen to lead an Islamic country. His speech on 14/08/1947 declaring Pakistan’s birth was in English (and not in Urdu – a language which he just spoke and could not read or write) was in English.

      Pakistanis have elected Mohd. Ali Jinnah as Quaid-E-Azam, a personality who did not sacrifice his life or spend at least an hour at a police station, forget spending in jail. For Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, jails were their second home. Quaid-E-Azam liked good booze, food, went about in his British chauffeur-driven Bentley and charged his client Rs. 90,000 for handling a case, hated being in crowds and at the age of 44 years, fell in love with his friend’s daughter and married her against her father’s wishes. What an act of chivalry? How many people, especially Pakistanis know these facts?

      In a class-room of an elite American university, when the professor asked students to raise their hands if they had heard of Mahatma Gandhi, all hands went up. When the same professor asked about Mohd. Ali Jinnah, no hands were raised, because students did not know anything about this bloke. Are you also saying that Mohd. Ali Jinnah was born in Pakistan? By your logic, he was.

      I hope this is the last time, I will be reading such preposterous statements from you.

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