BJP Snubs Party Veteran Shanta Kumar’s Request for Lokpal

BJP distances itself from Shanta Kumar’s views, snubs request for ‘Lokpal’.

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BJP Leader Shanta Kumar and Union Minister Arun Jaitley in a file image. (Courtesy:

BJP today snubbed party veteran Shanta Kumar over his concerns on charges facing its state governments and demand for a ‘Lokpal’, saying he got carried away by the Congress propaganda. The party has completely disassociated itself with his views.

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters that the party has completely disassociated itself with what Kumar has said or written.

We generally consider Shanta Kumar a very mature leader. But it seems that he has been carried away by the propaganda of the Congress. Whatever he has said or written, we completely disassociate with Mr Shanta Kumar’s version.
— Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister

Kumar, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Union Minister, is among the veteran BJP leaders who have been marginalised under the reign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah. The 80-year-old leader enjoys a clean image.

In an explosive letter to Shah, Kumar demanded a ‘Lokpal’ in the party to tackle the cases of corruption like Vyapam which has “made all of us bow our heads in shame”.

He also referred to allegations in some states, hinting to the controversy in Rajasthan surrounding CM Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi and Maharashtra where there are allegations of corruption against BJP Minister Pankaja Munde.

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