NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today expelled former Union law minister and senior party leader Ram Jethmalani for six years for making anti-BJP statements.
In a letter to Jethmalani, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar Tuesday said the party’s parliamentary board had taken a unanimous decision Monday to expel him from membership of the party.
“The central parliamentary board after considering all your replies, responses and letters was of the unanimous opinion that you have indulged in a breach of discipline. The parliamentary board, therefore, decided to expel you for a period of six years from the primary membership of the Party,” the letter stated.
Earlier, Jethmalani was suspended from the party after he criticised the then BJP president Nitin Gadkari and also for opposing the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as CBI chief.
He had also openly taken on Gadkari over "business irregularities" in his Purti group.
Jethmalani also wondered if the party could issue him a whip for voting for a Parliamentary Committee election when he was facing suspension.
The expelled member however will remain a Lok Sabha member.