BJP today issued a show cause notice to its suspended lawmaker Kirti Azad, asking him to explain within 10 days why he should not be expelled from the party for "indiscipline" and "anti-party" activities. BJP sources said the notice is a standard follow-up to suspension of a party leader. Mr Azad has continued to attack Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over alleged corruption in Delhi cricket body (DDCA) affairs, which Mr Jaitley headed for 13 years. The party said the decision on Mr Azad's expulsion will depend on his reply.
Sources close to the three-time Member of Parliament from Darbhanga (Bihar) said he was "ready" with his reply and will send it to the party headquarters tomorrow. Party leader Subramanian Swamy, who had earlier questioned his suspension, has "vetted" his reply, they said. Besides Mr Jaitley, an undeterred Kirti Azad has also attacked party MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur besides Rajeev Shukla of Congress over alleged irregularities in cricket administration.
The show cause notice spells out his "anti-party" activities, including his demand of a CBI probe in the Lok Sabha into the DDCA.
In a letter to party chief Amit Shah soon after he was suspended on December 23, Mr Azad had claimed that he was a loyal BJP soldier and had not done anything against the party. He later insisted that he had committed no crime by raising the issue of corruption, which the party had pledged to fight resolutely.
BJP has accused him of "colluding" with the Congress and the AAP to bring the party and its leaders into "disrepute". "You have both inside and outside Parliament conducted yourself in a manner which clearly amounts to indiscipline and anti-party activities," the BJP said in a statement
"You have made several statements in the media which constitute anti-party activities and such unfounded allegations were clearly intended to bring the party and its office-bearers into disrepute. Your actions have also resulted in lowering the prestige of party and its office-bearers," the party had recorded while suspending him on December 23," it added