Delhi: Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad on Monday rebuffed reporters on Monday when they kept asking him about Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regarding the DDCA row, saying there was no need to drag in Arun Jaitley's name on his birthday.
Azad told the press, "Why are you taking the name of Arun Jaitley again and again? It's his birthday today," as per media reports.
The MP from Bihar added that he was only talking about corruption in the DDCA.
On the other hand, Azad today rejected his party's argument that a SFIO probe had found no scam in DDCA affairs and sought a comprehensive probe by central agencies, including CBI and ED.
Making it clear that he was not targeting Jaitley, he sought to drag Congress leaders in the row, alleging that the previous UPA government did not take action because many of its nominees like Rajeev Shukla, Naveen Jindal and Arvinder Singh Lovely were working as DDCA directors and were "party to wrongdoing and remiss in their duties", as per PTI.
"Without due diligence crores of rupees were transferred in bank accounts having fake addresses. It was a monumental fraud as the same people for the same work were paid again and again. I have evidence," he claimed, adding "My fight is against corruption in sports bodies. It is not against Jaitley".
Charged with anti-party activities over his attack on Finance Minister, he said that he was neither against BJP nor Jaitley. "I fail to understand where I have targeted the finance minister. I have said nothing against the party. I have always been a loyal soldier. But I will continue to fight against corruption. CBI and probe agencies like ED and DRI should carry out an extensive inquiry into the DDCA affairs," he said.
(With PTI inputs)