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Removed From BJP for Accusing Arun Jaitley of Corruption, Kirti Azad Set to Join Congress

The three-time MP was shown the door by the BJP in 2016, after he had highlighted corruption issues in the DDCA.

Darbhanga MP and Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad announced that he would be joining the Congress party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Azad, a three-time MP, had made an announcement on Twitter on Thursday, February 14.

However, he posted another tweet saying the press conference as well as the formal joining has been postponed to February 18 as a state of mourning shall be observed for three days in light of the terrorist attack in Pulwama.

Speaking to The Hindu, Azad had recently said, “I was suspended from the BJP for no fault of mine. I had not indulged in any anti-party activity, my fight was against a private institution (the Delhi and District Cricket Association) and had nothing to do with the party. Amit Shah (BJP president) stabbed me in the back.” 

Also read: ‘Why Didn’t Arun Jaitley Inform ED, CBI About Vijay Mallya’s Exit To London When He Had Prior Knowledge?’ Asks Kirti Azad

The Bihar MP and former cricketer was reportedly removed from the BJP in 2016 for publicly criticising Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over corruption issues in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a private body that promotes cricket in Delhi and surrounding districts and organises cricket tournaments, including T-20 matches.

Jaitley was the DDCA president between 1999-2013. Azad, a former DDCA member himself, had alleged that Jaitley was directly involved in financial irregularities and mismanagement in the affairs of the body. Besides Azad, former DDCA member and former cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders had also levelled similar corruption allegations against Jaitley in the matter.

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