The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said allegations against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari should be impartially probed and the guilty must be punished.
RSS has faced severe criticism for backing Gadkari. But RSS leaders have said the Sangh should not be dragged into the discussions, and it had nothing to do with the allegations against the BJP chief.
They called the these allegations as mere media trial, which lacked concrete evidence.
“Any individual and organisation indulging in corruption must be subjected to an impartial probe, and the guilty must be punished,” said Suresh Joshi, RSS general secretary. “It must be borne in mind some allegations have been levelled by a section of media only, and an authorised agency is yet to look into these. It is unfortunate the discourse on the charges has turned political.”
RSS leaders are backing Gadkari for a second term as the BJP chief but a section within the BJP is not in favour of the decision. Those against Gadkari have said the recent revelations would make him a liability in the party’s fight against corruption. “The fight against corruption should be held at a non-political and non-partisan level. It should be ensured that faith and determination of people should not be shaken because of sensationalism,” Joshi said in a statement.
RSS is holding a three-day national executive meeting in Tamil Nadu from November 2, where all top RSS leaders would be present. Although RSS leaders say the political developments and allegations against Gadkari will come up for discussion, a decision on his second term as BJP chief would not be taken.
Meanwhile, a day before Gadkari would start his election campaign in Himachal Pradesh, leaders, including Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, apart from most general secretaries of the party were present at Gadkari’s residence to discuss the strategy to counter the allegations.