erming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.
Suspended by BJP, Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad on Wednesday threatened to make “more revelations” in the coming days and said he didn’t expect the party “to stoop so low” by acting against him for “speaking against corruption”.”Wait and watch what I do next. Now I will tell everyone,” he said, adding he will move the party’s ‘margdarshak mandal’ which has party veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to ask if the party suspends someone for speaking against corruption in Delhi’s cricket body. “I am really very saddened. I never though that BJP would stoop to that level that a person who had joined them from an illustrious Congress family is suspended for fighting corruption,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will go to the ‘margdarshak mandal’ and ask them that if a person speaks against corruption does the party crucify such a person and suspend him,” Azad told PTI when asked about his next move. Questioning his suspension, he said the party did not follow the due process and also did not serve a show cause notice before taking such an action against a Member of Parliament.”The due process has not been followed. They did not serve a show cause notice. If you have to suspend an MP, you have to move the Parliamentary Board. Did you do that? How can they violate the very own laws that have been made by us,” he questioned. Terming the charges levelled against him as “laughable”, he rejected that he “colluded” with Opposition in attacking senior party leaders like Arun Jaitley and said it is the Opposition which has picked up the issues raised by him for the last nine years.”Who said I have teamed up? This issue I have been raising is very old, I haven’t teamed up with the Opposition. It is a matter of regret that Opposition has picked up the issue which I was raising,” he said.”Now you see and look at the Opposition, how they will have them. They will use my name and attack. My party gave it to them on the platter, not me,” he said, adding that those who have suspended him for raising a voice against corruption have “defamed” the Prime Minister.He added that he is yet to get any letter and asked, “Which letter? I have not received any letter yet. I have just reached Ahmedabad. I will see.” Azad said he felt “let down” by the party as the man against whom he raised charges did not put up a defamation case against him, but the party for which he has fought for all these years has served him a show cause. Asked about the charges that he was colluding with the Opposition, he said, “These people are telling me that I have colluded with AAP which is born only yesterday. What rubbish and ridiculous…”On whether Jaitley was behind his suspension, he claimed, “He was putting pressure, I knew it from everyone.” Claiming himself to be a man who honestly worked for the party and had an opportunity to become a Union minister when his father was the chief minister, who did not allow so, he said, “If party suspends me, it is unfortunate for the party.” He said he has been raising the issue of corruption in DDCA for nine years but “they did not listen to me. If anyone is responsible for this, it is the party itself”.”This is the reason why such a situation has risen. I have not said anything against the party. I have said that I support the Prime Minister on his statement that ‘na khaunga na khane dunga’ (Neither will I do corruption, not allow it to happen),” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were also present in the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah and L K Advani during a BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting at 7 RCR in New Delhi on Wednesday.
BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who had recently attacked the party leadership, on Wednesday attended the parliamentary party executive meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence where top leaders discussed the strategy for winter session of parliament starting Thursday.Advani and Joshi are among the members of the group which meets to formulate the party’s strategy during a parliamentary session. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah were also present in the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advani and Joshi were among the four senior leaders, including Yashwant Sinha and Shanta Kumar, who had wrriten a scathing letter on the Diwali eve, targetting the top brass following the Bihar assembly election drubbing for BJP. They had said that the party had been “emasculated” in one year.However, showing signs of thaw, Advani had recently said Modi was on track to bring ‘achhe din’ (good days) while Kumar had expressed his happiness over the party reaching out to them.
He was asked whether the Modi government has failed to fulfil its promise of bringing ‘Acche Din’ (a popular slogan of BJP during 2014 Lok Sabha elections), especially in the wake of recent price rise.
Days after raising a banner of revolt against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following BJP’s resounding defeat in Bihar polls, party patriarch L K Advani today said the government is on the right track to bring ‘achhe din’ in the country.Talking to reporters after exercising his franchise for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation election at a polling booth in Khanpur area here, he said, “I believe that the whole system takes its own time. Since, the government is going in the right direction, I believe that the results will also be good.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was asked whether the Modi government has failed to fulfil its promise of bringing ‘Acche Din’ (a popular slogan of BJP during 2014 Lok Sabha elections), especially in the wake of recent price rise.Voting is underway today for six municipal corporation polls in the state, including Ahmedabad.Party veterans Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha had issued a strongly-worded statement after the Bihar poll debacle, saying that the party has been “emasculated” in the last one year and was being “forced to kow-tow to a handful”.To a query on how he sees this election turning out for the ruling party after the Bihar drubbing, Advani said BJP has put extra effort to ensure that they win civic body polls. “I can say that consciousness of our party has increased (after the Bihar result). All efforts were made here to see that the result comes in our favour. And these efforts will be certainly reflected in the result,” he said.The MP from Gandhinagar said local body polls are as important as the assembly and Lok Sabha elections. In the municipal polls this time, 50 per cent seats have been reserved for women candidates, while four candidates from one party per ward are in the fray.”I am happy that MPs are also allowed to vote in corporation polls. I also learnt that 50% seats are kept reserved for women. I was told that I have to press ‘register’ button (on EVM machine) after casting my vote for all four candidates (of one party). As per new system, I came here and cast my vote,” he said.Counting of votes will take place on December 2.
Singh later also expressed support for BJP veterans’ demand that accountability should be fixed for the drubbing.
BJP MP RK Singh, who has been attacking the party leadership over issues related to distribution of tickets during the Bihar Assembly polls, today met party General Secretary Ramlal here. The Arrah MP, who is a former Union Home Secretary, was called for a meeting with Ramlal following his statements in which he had targeted the party leadership during elections, party sources said.Singh, who during the Bihar poll campaign had spoken against the choice of candidates of the BJP-led NDA, claimed BJP gave tickets to people with criminal backgrounds, stressing that some of them were not “ordinary criminals” but those on whom government had declared reward.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh later also expressed support for BJP veterans’ demand that accountability should be fixed for the drubbing. “Accountability has to be fixed. Review should be made of the election debacle. We need to find out what went wrong, who were responsible. That’s what ‘margdarshak mandal’ said,” he had said in a reference to the statement by BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha.
Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu with LK Advani after paying tributes to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on the occasion of his birth anniversary, in New Delhi on Wednesday
When the BJP old guard met on Tuesday evening at 6, Raisina Road, they had no plan to issue any statement. But, as they discussed the party’s debacle in Bihar, LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie narrowed down to the view that it was time to break their silence on the party leadership’s functioning. The four leaders — all of whom were ministers in the Vajpayee regime — then shared this view over the phone with Shanta Kumar who was in Palampur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This, according to sources, was not the first time that the old guard had met and discussed the style of functioning of the current leadership of the party. They were of the view that there was a great deal of “hubris” that had gotten into their minds, which had started “reflecting” in their action, the sources said. The old guard were of the view that it would be a mistake on the part of the party to give another term to Shah in January, according to the sources.The Delhi disaster was seen by the veterans as a one- off defeat as the party had won several assembly elections — Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand — before that. One of the leaders described Bihar as a different ball game, and said the results had come as a “shock”.The stinging statement against the leadership was drafted by the four leaders — Advani, Joshi and Kumar, who are Lok Sabha members and Sinha, who did not fight the elections to make way for his son — a day after the party’s parliamentary board blamed the Bihar debacle on caste arithmetic. The anger of the party veterans, who did not name anyone, was directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.The veterans want the party to do a review and come out with a report, but were “willing to give time” to it, the sources said.Former BJP presidents had issued a counter statement in which they refrained from taking a combative approach, but took on the party leaders saying they had set the precedent of collective responsibility.Sinha met Advani on Wednesday morning, while there was no word from the party.BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said while the party respected the views of its senior leaders, they should have said it at the right forum. However, the veterans had no fora to give their advise, according to sources. The marg Darshak Mandal, of which Advani and Joshi were members, had never met ever since it was set up over a year ago.Nilanjan Mukhpadhyay, who has written a biography of Modi, described the veterans’ move as the first big challenge to Modi. “This will go far. The target is that Amit Shah should not get another term,” he said. The writer said it would put the party in a fix. “If it attacks Advani, it would mean elevating the stature of the old guard and if it’s silent, the support to these leaders within the party will gain momentum,” he said.He said the RSS was the X-factor now and it would have to be seen which way it goes.
Four senior leaders of India’s ruling BJP criticise the party’s campaign strategy after a humiliating defeat in state elections in Bihar.
Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday described the veteran party leader Lal Krishna Advani as his ultimate guide, friend and philosopher.”Mr. Lal Krishna Advani has been my friend, philosopher, guide, guru and ultimate leader. Main sari baate unke samne rakh donga aur kahoonga aap jo hai ap hi hai. (I will keep all my views in front of him and say whatever you are, you are),” Sinha told ANI in an exclusive interview.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On being asked whether he felt he had been sidelined by the BJP, Sinha refused to say much, but referred to Advani as his mentor and ultimate friend. “Whatever happened with Advani ji, Murli Manohar Joshi ji or Jaswant Singh or with Yashwant Sinha ji, I would not like to speak much on that. I only know that Advani ji is my ultimate friend, guide and guru,” he said.
The entire gamut of party’s union ministers and senior leaders from Bihar as well as those who have been handling the state’s affairs are among the star campaigners.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the lead, the BJP’s brigade of 40 star campaigners for the Bihar battle has political heavyweights, party mentors and a glamour quotient. The list submitted to the election commission includes BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, both of whom are members of the Marg Darshak Mandal. Actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha also figures in the list despite his persistent controversial remarks and tweets which have often left the party red-faced. Apart from him, another Bollywood star Hema Malini who is now a BJP MP will also campaign in the state. Former cricketer Navjot Singh Siddhu’s name also figures in the list.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides senior union ministers– Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari–and BJP chief Amit Shah, human resource development minister Smriti Irani, a television star turned politician, will also hold rallies in the state. Only two chief ministers– Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raghubar Das– will be campaigning in Bihar, where the first phase of elections will be held on October 12. The entire gamut of party’s union ministers and senior leaders from Bihar as well as those who have been handling the state’s affairs are among the star campaigners.Sinha, a BJP MP, has openly expressed his views against the party decision to put up a collective leadership instead of projecting a face ahead of the elections. The BJP wanted to leave the leadership open-ended to avoid disappointing any section, sources said. However, it appears that the strategy to create a confusion on who could be the chief minister if NDA won, is now weakening as none of the senior leaders who appeared to be in the race, are fighting the election.PM to hold 20 rallies According to sources, Narendra Modi is likely to hold around 20 rallies in the state in the run up to the election, in which the BJP-led NDA has not projected any chief ministerial candidate. In the absence of a face in the state, it is turning out to be battle of Modi versus Nitish Kumar, who is the chief ministerial candidate of the Mahagatbandhan of JD-U and RJD.
“Suddenly after 40 years, what made Advani think that emergency can recur and democracy will be crushed ?” Sena asked in an edit in its mouthpiece Saamna.
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With L K Advani cautioning that an emergency-like situation cannot be ruled out again, the Shiv Sena on Monday said the veteran leader’s remarks cannot be ignored and it needs to be known who are these observations meant for.”L K Advani is the biggest leader of the country who has seen all seasons and has gone through all ups and downs. Today even if he is not in mainstream politics, BJP leaders and media knows he cannot be ignored. Thus, when he said that an emergency-like situation cannot be ruled out again, discussions have once again focused on him,” the Sena said in an edit in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana.'<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When Advani laid down his fear of an emergency again, he is definitely pointing at somebody. Now the question is who is this person that Advani is hinting at ? How can his fears be mitigated ?” it asked.The Sena said that Advani is a witness to the Emergency of 1975, where political leaders were put behind bars without sufficient reasons and there was a complete lawlessness in the country.”Suddenly after 40 years, what made Advani think that emergency can recur and democracy will be crushed ?” it asked.It further said that today, media, especially social media has become stronger than ever and that its difficult to imagine a situation that democracy can once again be crushed.”At the same time, one cannot ignore the comment of a senior leader like Advani. If he (Advani) wants to hint at the internal affairs of the BJP, he should clearly speak out. Because in the past, leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and Kirti Azad too have spoken,” the Sena said.Recently, the former Deputy Prime Minister in an interview to a national daily had said, “At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards are stronger.””Today, I do not say that the political leadership is not mature. I don’t have faith because of its weaknesses. I don’t have the confidence that it (Emergency) cannot happen again,” Advani, who is now a member of the BJP’s Margadarshak Mandal, and was incarcerated during the Emergency along with a number of opposition stalwarts then, had said.
The senior BJP leader was recently shunted out of the Parliamentary Board.
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Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has hit out at Centre’s plan to develop Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi’s constituency along the lines of developed cities Tokyo and Kyoto, Daily Mail reports.While he said that he is not against the development of Varanasi, he added, “there is need for infrastructural development before going ahead on that path.” Joshi was talking at a seminar in Banaras Hindu University (BHU). He added that the city faced basic problems of garbage and waste disposal. ‘You can’t build a city on a pile of garbage’, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also spoke about Modi government’s plans on having bullet trains run across the country. “I am also not against running bullet trains, but first we need to have the basic transportation facilities,” Joshi said.A multi-disciplinary team of the Union Urban Development Ministry and officials from Varanasi had reportedly gone to the Japanese cities to study them and their development so as to implement the same for Varanasi. The senior BJP leader was recently shunted out of party’s Parliamentary Board. Instead he was made a part of ‘the Margdarshak Mandal’ (guiding group) along with other senior leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.Problems between Joshi and the Modi-led BJP came out when in 2014, when he was forced to change his constituency from Varansi to Kanpur, to make way for Modi to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He was later critical of Modi’s Gujarat development model saying that it cannot be applied across the nation.Few days ago former BJP minister Arun Shourie too criticised the party and its leadership. In an interview to a new channel, he said that economic policy was “directionless” while the social climate was causing “great anxiety” among the minorities. The BJP he was a “fair weather friend” and could be having a “grouse” over not getting positions.With agency inputs