'BJP needs courage to expel me': Jethmalani

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 09:39 hrs

New Delhi: Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs courage to expel him from the party.

"I will be very happy to be expelled from the party if they want to. Somebody has to pick up that courage," said Jethmalani, when asked what if the BJP takes action against him.

Emphasizing that the nation needs an opposition party, Jethmalani further said that if he resigned from the BJP in the present circumstances it would be a betrayal of the whole nation.

The latest development in this regard came a day after Ram Jethmalani's son Mahesh Jethmalani resigned from the party's national executive, saying he could not continue with Gadkari at the helm on moral ground.

"I deem it morally and intellectually inappropriate to continue to serve on the party's National Executive Committee as long as you are the President of the BJP. I hereby tender my resignation from the same," said Mahesh Jethmalani.

Mahesh Jethmalani, who has written to Gadkari over corruption issue, further linked his resignation to the recent remarks of Gadkari drawing comparison between spiritual leader Swami Vivekanand and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, saying he was not satisfied with the BJP President's explanation on the issue.

"I am not convinced with the explanation...I would not want to continue as a member of council under his presidentship," he said.

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