Former India cricketer and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad joins Congress

Azad, a former India cricketer and a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team met Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the morning and was inducted into the party.

Published: 18th February 2019 12:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2019 12:21 PM   |  A+A-

Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad joins Congress (Photo| Twitter)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Former cricketer and BJP rebel Kirti Azad, who joined the Congress party on Monday and termed it as homecoming, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale jet deal and termed his ‘anti-corruption crusade’ as another “fake promise”.

“There are several BJP MPs who think there is a scam in the Rafale deal,” Azad said.

The formal joining happened after he met Rahul Gandhi.

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The Lok Sabha member from Darbhanga, who spent 26 years in the BJP, was suspended from the party three years ago for levelling charges of corruption against Union minister Arun Jaitley who earlier headed the Delhi Cricket Association.

“I had raised the issue of corruption in DDCA. There were official documents but the party didn’t even look at them, instead they punished me,” he said.

On joining the Congress, Azad, who is the son of Congress leader and former chief minister of Bihar Bhagwat Jha Azad, said, “I have come back home. My father was made an MP at the age of 26 by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952.” 

He was earlier scheduled to join the party on February 15, but the event was put off due to the Pulwama terror attack a day before.

Azad, who may be fielded in the coming national elections from Delhi, said the Congress leadership would decide on his future role. He has been a Delhi MLA from 1993 to 1998.

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