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Modi behind revolt against Gadkari, says RSS leader

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Nov 12, 2012, 10:28AM IST
New Delhi: Days after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh saved the beleaguered BJP President Nitin Gadkari, who is facing charges of corruption, from stepping down, the Sangh came out in open to criticise Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, for what it sees responsible for the campaign against party supremo.
 
According to reports, Senior RSS leader MG Vaidya in his blog on Sunday alleged that the roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat. 
 
"The roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat because when Ram Jethmalani demanded Gadkari’s resignation, he also demanded that Narendra Modi be made the prime ministerial candidate of the party...“Modi himself seems to have strong prime ministerial ambitions because LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari have already said that they are not in the race for the PM. But Narendra Modi has still not said anything on this issue," the RSS leader alleged in his blog.
 
Vaidya also slammed BJP MP and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani for his revolt against Gadkari. "Ram Jethmalani should not have expressed his displeasure against Nitin Gadkari publicly. Any BJP member or MP can feel that Nitin Gadkari should resign, but they should raise this issue on the party platform," he added.
 
Recently, the raging discontent against Gadkari which was expressed in lawyer Ram Jethmalani’s letter demanding Gadkari step down in the face of allegations levelled by anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal and two TV news channels —it was supported by former finance ministers Jaswant Singh and Yashwant Sinha and seemed to be gaining momentum — was defused by the intensive defence of Gadkari by chartered accountant and ideologue S Gurumurthy.
 
The clamour against Gadkari has been growing even as BJP is fighting hard to lower down voices of dissent against its chief. The RSS had intervened in the Gadkari crisis of the BJP in a big way, but there is no doubt that there is a deep divide inside the party over Gadkari. 
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