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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:

https://twitter.com/Rohinisgh/status/679649386482155520

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BJP President Amit Shah States The Importance of Having Citizenship Bill

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)