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Kirti attacks Jaitley in showcause reply

 NEW DELHI, Jan 1 - Unfazed by the prospect of his expulsion from the BJP, suspended MP Kirti Azad today again attacked the Finance Minister and told the party that Arun Jaitley cannot take the shield of party discipline as the Delhi cricket body issue has no link with the BJP.

In his point-by-point rebuttal of the charges in the showcause notice slapped on him by the party yesterday, Azad said he had been pursuing the issue of “corruption” in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for the past nine years “without any let-up” and was not even once told by the BJP not to pursue it.

Questioning the party’s action against him, he said that he did not “name Jaitley or any party person” in the issue and the party did not depute Jaitley as the DDCA head.

He also made an apparent reference to previous BJP chiefs, saying “all three respected party presidents also realised that cricket had no connection with our party activities and Jaitley’s role in DDCA was his own concern.” He did not name them.

“Not one office-bearer, apart from Jaitley, has reason to feel aggrieved by my or the cricketers’ (Bishan Singh Bedi and others) complaint of wrongdoings in the DDCA,” a combative Azad said. – PTI

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