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BJP suspends Kirti Azad over corruption allegations against Jaitley

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New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday suspended former cricketer and party MP Kirti Azad for “anti-party activities” after he levelled allegations of corruption in the DDCA against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. This also came two days after his controversial tweet against the latter on Monday night.

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.”

Azad in a controversial tweet had alleged threat to his life, warning Jaitley that he was not afraid of “impotent” people. However, in an apparent volte-face just one hour after the controversial post, Azad tweeted that his account was “hacked”.

“I was visited at home by so many agencies to take precaution against threat to my life. Dear darta nahin hoon napunsako se (sic),” Azad tweeted at 11:51 pm on Monday night.

Azad has since deleted his tweet, but NewsGram is in the possession of a screenshot thereof.

Kirti Azad

However, he was able to take control of his Twitter account just one hour later, claiming his account was hacked and that the tweet on Arun Jaitley was not posted by him.

Azad – who has alleged massive financial irregularities in Delhi’s cricket board – also called for a CBI inquiry in the scam in the Lok Sabha the same day, daring Jaitley to sue him.

The BJP leader’s suspension comes on a day when BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha described him as a “hero”.

Calling Kirti Azad the “hero of the day,” the outspoken actor-turned-politician, who had rubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party the wrong way during the Bihar assembly elections too, urged the party not to take action against the former cricketer for alleging corruption in the DDCA when Jaitley headed it.

Sinha had a piece of advice for Jaitley, who headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for 13 years till 2013.

Veteran BJP leader L K Advani had declined to contest elections when he was accused of involvement in the hawala scandal in the 1990s.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that Jaitley would come out of the DDCA row with flying colours — a la Advani.

Azad’s suspension also comes a day after senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi demanded disciplinary action against the former cricketer for targeting Jaitley over the DDCA issue.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)