BJP to decide Gadkari’s fate: RSS

Patna: Rubbishing reports that the RSS plays “godfather” to BJP president  Nitin Gadkari, the Sangh today said it was for the BJP to decide the fate of its president after corruption charges have been levelled against him but made it clear that there was no need for Gadkari to quit only on the basis of allegations.

“You say it… it is not so,” RSS Sarkaryavah Bhayyaji Joshi told reporters when asked whether the RSS was playing godfather to  Gadkari. In reply to a question whether  Gadkari should tender his resignation as the president of the BJP in the wake of allegation of dubious funding for companies run by him, Joshi said it should be the BJP’s concern.

“This is not our subject. It is an internal matter of the BJP and it should take a decision,” he said. “How can we accept (a resignation) only on the basis of allegations. Let the investigation be completed in the matter…truth will come itself,” he said.

“Gadkari himself has asked for probe into the charges. Law should do its own work,”Asked if RSS is applying double-standards on the matter of Mr Gadkari as BJP veterans LK Advani and its former party chief  Bangaru Laxman had to quit posts in the wake of corruption charges against them, Mr Joshi said “this is not a subject of RSS…it can best be answered by Gadkari and the BJP.” On relations between the RSS and the BJP, he said they were separate organisations.

In reply to a question that there are some people in the Purti group (a company owned by  Gadkari) having RSS background, he said: “People having links with RSS can work anywhere and this does not concern the Sangh.”