Kirti Azad defends himself; Junks Opp-backing charges

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FILE: New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responds to debate in Rajya Sabha.  Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responds to debate in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Suspended BJP MP Kiriti Azad has come out defending himself over the issue he was handed out the suspension from the primary membership of his party. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, he claimed he has done nothing against the “party line”. Kirti Azad was last week suspended from the BJP after he publicly criticised Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley over the issue concerning alleged irregularities in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA, while the latter was its chief for 13 years.

“It has nothing to do with BJP. It is about corruption in sports. I have been fighting against corruption in sports for years and will continue to do so. Don’t bring Arun Jaitley into this,” he said addressing the press early on Monday morning.

“The SFIO report had asked DDCA multiple times for the documents…. I myself took the initiative to probe the matter,” Azad told.

“Companies which had no experience were given contracts in the DDCA. If this is not a fraud, then what is?” he asserted further adding “why certain companies were given contract that charged far more than the existing cost”.

Azad was responding to the show cause notice issued by his party seeking explanation of his “anti-party conduct” that may ultimately decide his future in the party. Just 24 hours back, the suspended MP had rejected the charges that he had raised DDCA issue on the “instructions” of the Congress party.

FILE: New Delhi: BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad with veteran cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi during a press conference regarding DDCA in New Delhi, December 20, 2015. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad with veteran cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi during a press conference regarding DDCA in New Delhi, December 20, 2015.
Photo – PTI

“Accusing me of speaking on Cong-Pres (Congress President’s) instructions is undermining the role of the Chair i.e Speaker. The Chair decides who will speak,” Azad wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter.

“I supported d (the) Govt. stand in Parliament and wish to inform my party BJP spokespersons that no one can speak w/o (without) Speaker’s permission,” he added explaining his statement in Lok Sabha where he had sought for the SIT probe into the alleged irregularities.

While handing out suspension to Darbhanga MP, BJP’s Parliamentary Board had served him a notice charging him of colluding with the opposition parties.

“You have colluded with opposition parties, including Congress and AAP, and embarrassed the party and its office bearers. You have both inside and outside Parliament conducted yourself in a manner which clearly amounts to indiscipline and anti-party activities,” BJP Parliamentary Board notice to Kirti Azad read.

The DDCA controversy erupted earlier this month after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is in power in Delhi, came up with the allegations against the Union Finance minister. Azad too had seconded those allegations in a presser he had held last Sunday, which was followed with his statement in Lok Sabha which had embarrassed his party.

(With inputs from the Agencies)