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Posted on Nov 21, 10:12PM | IBNS
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, who is facing corruption charges, on Wednesday defended himself and said he was 'clean'.
The BJP president said he was ready to face any probe.
"There is an attempt to defame us. We are clean," Gadkari said while addressing at the party's protest rally at Jantar Mantar.
"We have not done anything wrong. We are ready for any probe," he said.
Attacking the Congress, Gadkari said: "Congress is misusing CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) against Mayawati (Bahujan Samaj Party supremo), the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), SP (Samajwadi Party) and other allies."
"False allegations have also been levelled against the BJP. The Congress says if you speak against us, we will destroy you. If anyone wants to probe, can probe. We are not scared," he said.
The rally against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was organized by the Delhi unit of the party on issues like corruption, price rise and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.
Senior party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Vijay Kumar Malhotra attended the rally.
Led by Rajnath Singh, the leaders marched towards Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence here and courted arrest at Parliament Street police station, reports said.
The BJP president, however, did not court arrest.
India's main opposition party continued to face embarrassments over the issue of its president Gadkari from within as after the Jethmalanis, it was senior leader Yashwant Sinha who demanded that the party chief should step down over business malpractice charges.
The BJP later told reporters that Sinha was urged to reconsider his views.
Earlier this month, senior BJP leader and legal luminary Ram Jethmalani revolted openly against the party leadership saying Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.
At a press conference he also had claimed that other senior leaders like Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha shared his views on Gadkari's removal.