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Posted on Nov 12, 06:36PM | UNI
The BJP today rejected the remarks of senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader MG Vaidya over 'infighting' in the party and blaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for being behind the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
'My attention has been drawn to a Marathi blog written by MG Vaidya, a senior journalist, the substance of which has also been published by a section of the media.
'The writer has tried to link recent comments by one of the party MPs with Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The BJP completely rejects such insinuation, as it is totally unfounded,' Mr Gadkari said in a statement.
He said all the central leaders of the party and its chief ministers have been working cohesively and unitedly for the cause of the party.
Mr Gadkari said the BJP has been fighting Gujarat Assembly elections with complete unity of purpose and total mutual confidence.
'The BJP is firmly and unitedly behind Narendra Modi and we are confident that the party will win decisively in the ensuing Assembly elections,' he added.
Mr Vaidya, in his blog, had said 'health of the BJP was not good.' 'When Ram Jethmalani (BJP MP) demanded that Gadkari resign immediately, he also said Narendra Modi should be made prime ministerial candidate of the party. This raises suspicion that the centre of anti-Gadkari campaign is in Gujarat. And if it is said Gujarat, then the fingers will be raised at Narendra Modi only,' Mr Vaidya said yesterday.
He said it was regrettable that Mr Jethmalani gave statements on Mr Gadkari in public.
Mr Vaidya also alleged that the Congress was involved in a conspiracy against the BJP and Mr Gadkari, and some BJP leaders were also involved in such campaign.
Meanwhile, the RSS has also distanced itself from Mr Vaidya's blog saying it was his personal view.