BJP defends Gadkari, says 'Jethmalani's statement has no value'

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 07:13 hrs

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday played down noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani's remark that several senior leaders within the party are unhappy with the current state of affairs and want Nitin Gadkari to quit as the president amidst allegations against him.

BJP National General Secretary Vinay Katiyar said there is no dissent within the BJP.

"There are no differences, we are united. Ram Jethmalani's statement has no value, there is no dissent in the party," he said.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman on her part said that she would comment on the issue only after the party takes a final call.

"I am not aware about what position the party is taking. I will comment on it only after the party takes a decision," she told ANI in Surat.

Meanwhile, Nitin Gadkari reportedly met senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj for around an hour. He is also expected to meet BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani later in the day.

Moreover, there are reports, which say that BJP leaders Ram Jethmalani, Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh will be meeting later in the day to chalk out the future course of action.

The latest development in this regard comes a day after Ram Jethmalani's son Mahesh Jethmalani resigned from the party's national executive, saying he could not continue with Gadkari at the helm on moral grounds.

"I deem it morally and intellectually inappropriate to continue to serve on the party's National Executive Committee as long as you are the President of the BJP. I hereby tender my resignation from the same," said Mahesh Jethmalani.

Mahesh Jethmalani, who has written to Gadkari over corruption issue, further linked his resignation to the recent remarks of Gadkari drawing comparison between spiritual leader Swami Vivekanand and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, saying he was not satisfied with the BJP President's explanation on the issue.

"I am not convinced with the explanation...I would not want to continue as a member of council under his presidentship," he said.

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