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New Delhi: With the AAP vs BJP battle entering the DDCA turf, the first victim of the political rivalry was former cricketer Kirti Azad. The BJP MP was suspended for ‘anti-party’ activities on Wednesday.

BJP president Amit Shah said that Azad colluded with the Kejriwal-led AAP and Congress bringing shame to the party.

However, Azad said that he wanted to unveil corruption and didn’t do anything that would hurt sentiments of the party.

Mentioning his contribution towards the party, Azad said that there was a time when Rajiv Gandhi had asked him to join Congress party, but he stuck with BJP.

Describing the charges against him as ‘unjust’ and ‘unfair’, he questioned the BJP high command’s decision to fire him.

He further said that he was working to raise the issue of corruption and cleanse the cricket body.

“Sacking of a person whose father was the Chief Minister of Bihar, who did not want his son to be a Union Minister despite opportunities, is unfortunate for the party,” Azad said.

Azad further said that he was in no mood to join any other party. He rubbished reports that he was joining hands with other political parties.

Earlier, BJP President Amit Shah had warned Azad of not holding a press conference revealing corruption but Azad went ahead with it blaming Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

BJP leaders alleged that Azad fuelled the controversy and helped the Aam Admi Party to go full throttle against the government in Centre.( With inputs from agencies) (Picture

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AAP vs BJP battle moves into DDCA turf


New Delhi: With cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad claiming of massive irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), AAP on Sunday stepped up the ante on their demand of the sacking Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from the government.

At a media conference in Delhi, Kirti Azad said the matter should be probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

I just want to expose corruption…  This is not personal or against one person,” the former cricketer said.

Immediately after the BJP MP’s press conference, the AAP asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Jaitley.

Notably, Jaitley headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for over a decade. He denied the accusations against him, and called Kirti Azad “a Trojan Horse”.

A video showed at the press conference revealed that the DDCA assigned contracts to various companies which had fake addresses.

A host of allegations was made against the Delhi cricket body. Allegedly, DDCA rented laptops for Rs 16000 per piece per day, and ‘puja ki thali’ for Rs 5000 per day.

“Jaitley is the Suresh Kalmadi of BJP,” Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh told the media, referring to the former Congress MP who was linked to the alleged corruption in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“He (Jaitley) should be immediately sacked,” Ashutosh added.

AAP leaders claimed that since Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was the first person in the government who tried to expose the corruption in DDCA, the CBI raided his office on December 15 in the name of targeting his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar.

The CBI wanted to look into the file which contained the report of a three-member committee which – on Kejriwal’s orders – probed the financial irregularities in the working of DDCA, the AAP alleged.

However, the CBI denied searching Kejriwal’s office.

Jaitley, however, rubbished the allegations and blamed the AAP for spreading the propaganda to hide their infighting and corruption. (Inputs from agencies)