Sudheendra Kulkarni Sets To Distance Himself From BJP

August 23rd, 2009 - 11:08 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
bjpAfter the undemocratic way in which the BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) has behaved over the Jaswant Singh expulsion, there was more embarrassment left in store for the party when Sudheendra Kulkarni quit the party. Kulkarni, who is regarded to be a close aide to prime party honchos like senior BJP leader L. K. Advani and former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, has cited “ideological differences” for distancing himself from the party.

The 52 year old Kulkarni, who was the former speech writer of Advani, stated that he was bringing an end to his “active association” with the party not in an opposition against the ousting of party member Jaswant Singh, related to Singh’s newly published book on Pakistan founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah titled “Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence. His sole aim for taking up this course of action is in an effort to guarantee the “freedom of speech” for himself. Kulkarni has told the PTI, “I have, after 13 years of being a full time activist of BJP, decided to end my active association with the party. I continue, however, to be its well wisher.”

The announcement was made today. According to sources, Kulkarni is supposed to have told a news channel, “From now on I will be totally independent. I will work with like minded members of other parties..”

This present fall out in the party seems to indicate that there has been a rift on the rise in opinions within the internal hierarchies of the BJP ranks.

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