Sudheendra Kulkarni quits BJP, cites 'ideological differences'

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) Reeling under internal bickerings and controversy surrounding Jaswant Singh's expulsion, the BJP today suffered further embarrassment when Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was a close aide of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, decided to quit the party.

52-year-old Kulkarni, an erstwhile speech-writer of Advani, said he was ending his "active association" with the party as he wanted to have the "freedom to express" his views but insisted that his decision has nothing to do with the ouster of Jaswant Singh.

"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," he told

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