BJP suspends Ram Jethmalani for 'gross indiscpline'

Ram Jethmalani

Yesterday, Jethmalani had attacked the party for criticising the appointment of new CBI Director and said the government's decision has "averted national calamity".

On if there were more people in the party having a similar stand, Jethmalani said, "I am sure there are more. I am 100 per cent sure that there are many more, many more but all don't have the capacity to speak the truth publicly and openly."

In Delhi, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Jethmalani's suspension was an "internal matter of the BJP"

Actor-turned MP from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha has joined Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha in demanding Gadkari's resignation saying the issue raised by them should be looked at seriously.

"The issue raised by them (Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha) should be looked at seriously," Sinha had told reporters yesterday in Patna replying to a question whether he agreed with the other two BJP leaders' demand for Gadkari's resignation.

Ram Jethmalani dares BJP to take action against him

A defiant Ram Jethmalani today dared the BJP to act against him for going against the party line by defending IPS officer Ranjit Sinha's appointment as CBI director, saying "nobody has the guts to take action against me"

Jethmalani, an eminent lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP, who had recently demanded BJP president Nitin Gadkari's resignation in the wake of charges of alleged dubious funding of the latter's Purti Group, said many in the party shared his views, but "few had the capacity" to express their views openly.

He, however, clarified that his views on Sinha's appointment were his own and not of the BJP, where "I am a small person."

"If there is any action taken against me, I will welcome it but I don't think anyone has the guts to take any action against me," he told reporters here on the sidelines of a launching of a book written by a city-based journalist.

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