Jethmalani suspended from BJP for 'indiscipline'

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

New Delhi, Nov 25: Cracking the whip, BJP President Nitin Gadkari today suspended a defiant Ram Jethmalani from the party with immediate effect for daring it to act against him on the CBI chief's appointment issue, saying it was "gross indiscipline".
 A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board has been convened tomorrow at 4.30 PM to take a call on his expulsion, party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.
 "Our party president Nitin Gadkari has taken cognizance of Ram Jethmalani's statements and his challenge that no action can be taken against him and has suspended his membership of the party with immediate effect," he said.
 Jethmalani invited the BJP wrath after attacking the party for criticising the appointment of new CBI Director Ranjit Sinha.
 The 89-year-old lawyer-turned-politician followed this up with remarks today in Mumbai that no action can be taken against him by the BJP, virtually challenging the authority of Gadkari and other top leaders.
 Hussain said since the BJP Constitution gives the right to expel an MP or MLA only to the party's Parliamentary Board- the highest decision making body of the organisation-Gadkari has convened its meeting tomorrow afternoon to decide on Jethmalani's expulsion from the party.
 "A decision on Jethmalani's expulsion will be taken by the Parliamentary Board tomorrow," Hussain said.
 Today's decision was not unexpected and the party had indicated yesterday that strong action against Jethmalani may be taken.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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