BJP’s el­ders meet in shadow of Kirti Azad’s sus­pen­sion

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NEW DELHI: Barely a month af­ter lash­ing out at se­nior BJP lead­er­ship over the bruis­ing Bi­har poll loss even be­fore the dust of the elec­tions had set­tled, four vet­eran party lead­ers met on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the rag­ing con­tro­versy over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in Delhi’s cricket as­so­ci­a­tion.

Side­lined lead­ers LK Ad­vani, MM Joshi, Yash­want Sinha and Shanta Ku­mar met for an hour in Delhi with sources say­ing they dis­cussed the sus­pen­sion of Darb­hanga MP Kirti Azad for anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties but any de­ci­sion would be taken “at an opportune time”.

“They are our se­niors, their sug­ges­tions are wel­come. The party has reached this stage with their bless­ings,” BJP spokesman Shrikant Sharma said. Joshi and Ad­vani are part of the party’s ‘ Margdar­shak Man­dal’.

Party lead­ers dis­missed any link be­tween Azad’s sus­pen­sion and the meet­ing, say­ing the vet- er­ans were al­ready sched­uled to dis­cuss is­sues that could not be taken up dur­ing the re­cent­ly­con­cluded Par­lia­ment ses­sion.

A se­nior BJP func­tionary told HT the veter­ans them­selves had laid down the rules for dis­ci­pline and could not be seen en­cour­ag­ing dis­sent.

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