Jethmalani-BJP sparring continues
BJP leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said he does not think that suspended leader Ram Jethmalani deserved a reply from them on his recent letter to the party on appointment of a CBI director by the government and other issues.
"I do not think he deserves a reply," said Jaitley after Ram Jethmalani criticized leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj for opposing appointment of the new CBI director Ranjit Sinha .
Jethmalani said he was never consulted on the Lokpal Bill by the two leaders and went on to add that tainted president Nitin Gadkari will bring down the party.
Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said Shatrughan Sinha, who is also vocal about removal of Gadkari, should not be punished by BJP because he has not done anything like he has done.
"I do not think he has done anything like I have done," he said, adding that Sinha should not be punished. Sinha has also endorsed the government move on the appointment of the new CBI chief.
The BJP on Monday issued a show-cause notice to suspended party leader Ram Jethmalani after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board.
The BJP issued the show-cause notice to the 86-year-old lawyer-turned-politician for allegedly breaking the party discipline.
Jethmalani said he was not bothered by his party's decision to suspend him.
"I am totally indifferent, whatever they do, does not bother me," Jethmalani told media.
"No body can take away my seat from the Parliament," he said.
On Sunday, the party suspended Jethmalani after he 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."
Jethmalani had earlier this month 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.