Narendra Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign: MG Vaidya
Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader MG Vaidya has alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari over allegations against his company.
"When Ram Jethmalani (BJP MP) demanded that Gadkari resign immediately, he also said Mr Modi should be made prime ministerial candidate of the party. This raises suspicion that 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 in his blog yesterday.
He said it was regrettable that Mr Jethmalani gave statements on Mr Gadkari in public.
The senior RSS leader said any BJP activist or MP can feel that Mr Gadkari should resign in view of charges against his Purti Group but they should raise the issue at party level.
Mr Vaidya also said the party will decide second term as the president for Mr Gadkari.
"There is nothing wrong if Narendra Modi has prime ministerial ambitions. It is obvious for a person who is in mainstream politics. According to media reports, L K Advani and Gadkari have already said they are not in the race for the PM post. But Narendra Modi has not refuted such reports about him," he added.
Mr Vaidya said this shows that Mr Modi has "strong prime ministerial ambitions." He further said it was important that the BJP leaders appear united to strengthen the party.
The RSS leader said the BJP is likely to decide strategy for 2014 general elections only after Assembly elections in 2013.
Ms Vaidya said Ram Jethmalani should follow his son Mahesh Jethmalani who quit from the BJP National Executive on 'moral grounds' over allegations against Mr Gadkari.
Mahesh Jethmalani had said he took the decision after controversy on Mr Gadkari's Purti Group and his statement that spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had similar intelligence quotient (IQ) level.
Mr Vaidya said Ram Jethmalani should quit the Rajya Sabha.
The RSS leader also sought to know about the contribution of Mr Jethmalani in strengthening the party.
"His views on several issues such as Kashmir and Lord Ram are different from the party," he said.
Mr Vaidya 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.
The BJP had distanced itself from Mr Jethmalani's "Lord Ram was a bad husband" remark.