Veteran Shanta Kumar`s letter to Amit Shah embarrasses party, says `I stand by every word`

Veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar

New Delhi, July 21: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Shanta Kumar, who has written to party chief minister Amit Shah stating that the Vyapam scam has dented the NDA government’s image, on Tuesday said that he stands by every word of his letter.

The veteran BJP leader: “I have written a letter to my national president of the party. And I stand by every word of my letter. Whatever I had to say, I have written in my letter. That’s all.”

The 80-year-old lawmaker from Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, however, said that he has not received any response yet.

In his stern letter written to the BJP president, Shanta Kumar said the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh has ‘made us all bow our heads in shame’.

Referring to the controversies surrounding Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde, he suggested the need for a ‘Lokpal’ to ‘keep a check on leaders in the government’.

Shanta Kumar, who was a union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, wrote the letter on July 10, but posted it on Facebook just a day before the crucial Monsoon Session of Parliament begins.

(With Agency Inputs)

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