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New Delhi: Hours after he was suspended from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on disciplinary grounds, cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad said it was the leading party’s “misfortune”, warning it of consequences in the coming days.

In a one-line statement, the BJP said Azad was suspended for his “anti-party activities.”

The suspension order read: “Over the past few months you have breached party discipline and conducted anti-party activities. Inside and outside Parliament you conducted yourself in a manner that amounts to indiscipline and anti-party activities. You made several statements to carry out a false propaganda. So the parliamentary board has suspended you from the party membership.”

Reacting to his suspension over alleged “anti-party activities”, Azad said in Ahmedabad: “If I raise the issue of corruption, it’s called anti-party activity. I have always supported Prime Minister’s slogan ‘na khaaoonga na khaane dunga’. This is BJP’s misfortune that they have suspended me. Now you will see what happens next. Just wait and watch.

“I have always lived a life with high moral values and the real fun will begin now,” Azad added.

Azad – who has alleged massive financial irregularities in Delhi’s cricket board – had called for a CBI inquiry in the scam in the Lok Sabha on Monday, a day after he relased a video in a much publicised press conference despite BJP president Amit Shah’s instructions to avoid going ahead with it.

The reaction to Azad’s suspension was spontaneous, especially on Twitter, where the people raised questions over the lack of internal democracy in the BJP.

Here are some of the reactions on Azad’s suspension:

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS