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RSS ideologue Vaidya takes on Modi

Posted on Nov 13, 09:17AM | UNI

RSS ideologue M G Vaidya has added coal to a big controversy by putting forward that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was responsible for Ram Jethmalani's insistence on BJP president Nitin Gadkari's resignation.

However, both Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP distanced themselves from the expression made by Mr Vaidya and said they didn't have any idea over such information.

'Needle of suspicion in the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari goes to Gujarat BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modi,' Mr Vaidya said.

He also noted that Mr Jethmalani had asked for the resignation of Mr Gadkari and that he had also wanted to see Mr Modi as the Prime Minister in forthcoming 2014 polls. Whereas L K Advani as well as Mr Gadkari had publicly stated that they didn't have Prime Ministerial ambitions.

Stating that Mr Modi has never denied reports of his aspiration to become the Prime Minister, Mr Vaidya said '.... Mr Jethmalani has blended two things seeking Mr Gadkari's resignation and promoting Mr Modi as PM, I suppose that the needle of suspicion goes to Gujarat. If Mr Jethmalani has right to express his views, I am also entitled to do the same and RSS has nothing to do with it.' However, RSS official spokesperson Ram Madhav said the views expressed by Mr Vaidya are his own and not the official RSS line.