New Delhi, Nov 26, 2012: Reacting to Ram Jethmalani’s constant diatribe against party chief Nitin Gadkari, the BJP on Sunday suspended the eminent lawyer from its membership, referring his case to the party’s parliamentary board which is empowered to expel the Rajya Sabha MP. His suspension came hours after he openly said that the party did not have the courage to take action against him.
The parliamentary board will meet at 4.30 pm on Monday. Announcing the decision, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said Jethmalani was guilty of indiscipline and was helping Congress with his statements. After demanding Gadkari’s resignation over the issue of financial irregularities involving his firm, Jethmalani had on Saturday attacked the party for opposing the appointment of IPS officer Ranjit Sinha as the new CBI director.
“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,” Jethmalani had said. Party sources said the move to suspend Jethmalani was also meant to send a clear message to others that the leadership was not in a mood to brook any waywardness.