BJP sus­pends de­fi­ant Azad for tak­ing on Jait­ley

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New Delhi: The BJP sus­pended its MP Kirti Azad, who has al­leged large-scale cor­rup­tion in Delhi’s cricket body when it was headed by now Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley. Azad termed the ac­tion “un­for­tu­nate” and vowed to fight on. “He has been sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect for anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties,” Bharatiya Janata Party gen­eral sec­re­tary Anil Jain told IANS, read­ing out an of­fi­cial state­ment. The ac­tion came eight years af­ter Azad un­leashed a cam­paign to ex­pose what he said was mas­sive cor­rup­tion in the Delhi and Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (DDCA), which Jait­ley headed for 13 years till 2013. The ac­tion against Azad drew im­me­di­ate crit­i­cism from Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, who said the sus­pen­sion had “to­tally ex­posed” the BJP. Azad has been pun­ished for bat­tling cor­rup­tion, he said.Congress leader Digvi­jay Singh de­manded to know if Azad had been sus­pended for speak­ing out against cor­rup­tion.

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