The decision was taken after Azad addressed a media on Sunday and made some revelations in the DDCA scam.
The party members had demanded disciplinary action against Azad for targetting Jaitley over the DDCA issue.
Sources said, BJP chief Amit Shah had a meeting with the central leadership before issuing an official letter of Azad’s suspension from the party. The Lok Sabha MP from Darbhanga in Bihar was not even issued a show cause notice or given any chance to explain his outburst before his suspension.
For the last few weeks BJP leaders were annoyed with Azad, for repeatedly raising the alleged DDCA scam issue both in and out Parliament and alleging Jaitley had the knowledge about the corruption taking place.
The Situation turned bitter after Azad went ahead with a press conference dragging Jaitley in the alleged DDCA scam and also making a small speech about the same in the Lok Sabha soon after the Finance Minister rubbished all the accusation. The BJP central leadership was very angry with Azad for reportedly turning down Shah’s request to not take up the DDCA issue further.
In rebellion unprecedented in the BJP’s history, Kirti Azad also took on Mr. Jaitley on the floor of Parliament, seeking a CBI investigation monitored by a special investigation team into his allegations. He signed off by reminding the House, “and we know who was heading the DDCA between 2008 and 2013,” a reference to Mr. Jaitley.
On Twitter, he challenged Mr. Jaitley to sue him, attacking the minister in multiple tweets.
Mr. Jaitley has dragged five leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to court over their allegations of corruption against him, but he made no such move against Mr. Azad, amid speculation that the BJP would punish the lawmaker after the winter session of Parliament ended.
Kirti Azad found support from fellow BJP lawmaker from Bihar, Shatrughan Sinha, who called him a “hero” and warned the party against taking action “against friend who’s fighting against corruption.”