New Delhi: BJP MP Kirti Azad, suspended for attacking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Friday wrote to party chief Amit Shah demanding proof of his ‘anti-party activities’ while maintaining that he remains a “loyal party soldier”.
The three-time Darbhanga MP also noted that the suspension letter served on him made no mention of the “DDCA corruption”, over which he had targeted Jaitley, saying it made him believe that BJP has nothing to do with this matter and it is purely out of its purview. “In all fairness and in keeping with the tenets of equity, I look forward to being provided an opportunity to clear my name on the serious charges of having acted against the party’s interests.
“I request you to kindly provide me at the earliest instances and proof that I have indulged in anti-party activities so that I can clear the air and provide you with answers to your satisfaction, confirming that I have neither acted against the party’s constitution nor against the interests of our party,” he wrote to Shah.
Citing the party’s charge that he brought BJP and its office-bearers into disrepute with actions and that he colluded with Congress and AAP, Azad insisted that he has been a loyal solider of BJP since 1993 when he was elected as an MLA from New Delhi assembly seat.
“There has not been a single instance of blemish in my association with BJP which has given me every opportunity to work within the party constitution. I reiterate that I remain a loyal BJP worker and have no intention of causing embarrassment to my party or to indulge in anti-party activities as my 23 years of unblemished record in the party will testify,” he said.
“As you (Shah) have not mentioned DDCA corruption, I believe that the party has nothing to do with this matter and (it) is purely out of its preview,” he added. BJP had on Wednesday suspended Azad from its primary membership three days after his press conference attacking Jaitley and subsequent acts of defiance both inside and outside Parliament, over alleged irregularities in DDCA.