Sudheendra Kulkarni quits BJP

Reeling under internal bickerings and controversy surrounding Jaswant Singh’s expulsion, the BJP Sunday suffered further embarrassment when Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was a close aide of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, decided to quit the party.

Admitting that he had come to the “painful realisation” that he could no longer “meaningfully” contribute to the BJP, Sudheendra Kulkarni announced that after 13 years as a full-time party activist — during which he worked as a close aide of Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and then led L K Advani’s 2009 campiagn — he had decided to “end my active association with the party”.

He, however, maintained that his decision had nothing to do with the expulsion of Jaswant Singh over his book “Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence”.

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