Kirti Azad receives hero welcome in Darbhanga, taunts Jaitley, Modi and Shah after his return


Suspended BJP MP and former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Saturday dared union finance minister Arun Jaitley to contest from Darbhanga even on BJP ticket.

Azad was visiting his constituency for the first time after he was suspended from the party for raising questions on corruption in Delhi District Cricket Association.

Speaking to media, Azad lamented that he was suspended by the BJP simply because he raised the issue of corruption.

The member of the India’s 1983 World Cup winning team also said that he will defeat Jaitley even if the latter contested on BJP ticket and he as an independent candidate.

Azad has always alleged that the Delhi cricket body was a centre of rampant corruption during the period Jaitley functioned as it’s president.

Azad was given extraordinary welcome by his supporters in his return to Darbhanga with huge cavalcade of cars and jeeps following him after his arrival.

Azad received extraordinary welcome upon his return to Darbhanga

Not only did Azad tweet about the ‘grand welcome’ being organised for his visit but also made a point a to taunt Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president Amit Shah about his soaring popularity in the Mithila region. He made sure that both these leaders were tagged in his tweet to see the images of his grand welcome being given by grassroots BJP workers.

His tweet read;

Through his second tweet, Azad also made a point that the BJP workers in his constituency had stood with him on the issue of corruption and the party leadership had made a mistake by not recognising this ground reality.

Azad’s challenge to Jaitley is aimed at the latter’s inability to ever win a single parliamentary elections. In 2014, he was one of those high-profile BJP candidates, who could not win despite there being a Modi wave across the country.

His election defeat notwithstanding, he was given three of the most important portfolios – Defence, Finance and I&B- after BJP formed the government at the centre.

Many within the BJP slammed party leadership describing it a blatant case of nepotism.

Senior BJP leader and MP from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha went on record to criticise Modi’s decision to allocate key Ministries to Jaitley and Smriti Irani, who has never won a Lok Sabha election.