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BJP suspends Ram Jethmalani

Posted on Nov 25, 10:21PM | IBNS

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday suspended senior leader Ram Jethmalani after the Rajya Sabha MP has grown increasingly public in his criticism of the Opposition outfit's decisions in recent days.

In the latest salvo, Jethmalani had taken on the party over the issue of the appointment of the new CBI chief, writing a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari and saying the government's decision had averted a "national calamity".

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Jethmalani's statement was in favour of Congress...party sees Jethmalani's letter on new CBI director as indiscipline."

The BJP on Saturday said that "strong action" would be initiated against the 86-year-old lawyer for making statements against Gadkari.

Jethmalani had revolted openly against the party leadership saying Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.

At a press conference he also had claimed that other senior leaders like Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha shared his views on Gadkari's removal.

The BJP has now called a meeting of its parliamentary board on Monday to discuss the current crisis and decide on the action to be taken against the voices of dissent, media reports said.