DDCA row: More skeletons my tumble of the closet
Suspended by BJP, Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad threatened to make \"more revelations\" in the coming days and said he didn\'t expect the party \"to stoop so low\" by acting against him for \"speaking against corruption\".
New Delhi: Suspended by BJP, Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad threatened to make "more revelations" in the coming days and said he didn't expect the party "to stoop so low" by acting against him for "speaking against corruption".
"Wait and watch what I do next. Now I will tell everyone," he said, adding he will move the party's 'margdarshak mandal', which has party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to ask if the party suspends someone for speaking against corruption in Delhi's cricket body.
"I am really very saddened. I never though that BJP would stoop to that level that a person who had joined them from an illustrious Congress family is suspended for fighting corruption," he said.
"I will go to the 'margdarshak mandal' and ask them that if a person speaks against corruption does the party crucify such a person and suspend him," Azad said when asked about his next move.
Questioning his suspension, he said the party did not follow the due process and also did not serve a show cause notice before taking such an action against a Member of Parliament.
"The due process has not been followed. They did not serve a show cause notice. If you have to suspend an MP, you have to move the Parliamentary Board. Did you do that? How can they violate the very own laws that have been made by us," he questioned.
Terming the charges levelled against him as "laughable", he rejected that he "colluded" with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition, which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.
"Who said I have teamed up? This issue I have been raising is very old, I haven't teamed up with the Opposition. It is a matter of regret that Opposition has picked up the issue which I was raising," he said.
"Now you see and look at the Opposition, how they will have them. They will use my name and attack. My party gave it to them on the platter, not me," he said, adding that those who have suspended him for raising a voice against corruption have "defamed" the Prime Minister.
He added that he is yet to get any letter and asked, "Which letter? I have not received any letter yet. I have just reached Ahmedabad. I will see."
Azad said he felt "let down" by the party as the man against whom he raised charges did not put up a defamation case against him, but the party for which he has fought for all these years has served him a show cause.
Asked about the charges that he was colluding with the Opposition, he said, "These people are telling me that I have colluded with AAP which is born only yesterday. What rubbish and ridiculous..."
On whether Jaitley was behind his suspension, he claimed, "He was putting pressure, I knew it from everyone."
Claiming himself to be a man who honestly worked for the party and had an opportunity to become a Union minister when his father was the chief minister, who did not allow so, he said, "If party suspends me, it is unfortunate for the party."
He said he has been raising the issue of corruption in DDCA for nine years but "they did not listen to me. If anyone is responsible for this, it is the party itself".
"This is the reason why such a situation has risen. I have not said anything against the party. I have said that I support the Prime Minister on his statement that 'na khaunga na khane dunga' (Neither will I do corruption, not allow it to happen)," he said.
21 Nov 2019 2:20 PM GMT