Party denied me nomination: Jethmalani

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 10:09 hrs

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mahesh Jethmalani, who has threatened to contest for the post of the party chief, on Tuesday said he has been denied nomination by the party to contest against party president Nitin Gadkari for the post.

"They aren't allowing me to fill the form. My form should be scrutinised and rejected if I fail the requisite," Mahesh Jethmalani told NDTV.

According to a national TV network report on Monday, Mahesh Jethmalani had threatened to contest for the post of the party chief if Gadkari was made the president for a second term despite the allegations of business malpractices slapped against him.

"I am in favour of a contest against Mr Gadkari as BJP president. If no one within the party is willing to contest against him, I will contest," Mahesh Jethmalani told CNN-IBN.

But party sources told the channel that Mahesh Jethmanali cannot contest unless he is a member of the BJP for 12 years.

Mahesh Jethmalani and his father Ram Jethmalani were the first to come out in open against Gadkari over his business dealings and his possible re-election as party president.

With their ideological patron Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backing incumbent Gadkari, the BJP on Sunday issued the notification for its presidential election.

Reports said Gadkari is likely to file his nomination papers on Wednesday.

If no one else files nomination, he would be re-elected unopposed.

Reports said party patriarch L K Advani had suggested the name of Sushma Swaraj for the post but RSS, the ideological patron of BJP, had ruled it out.

In that case Gadkari is the consensus candidate.

Gadkari's Purti Group has come under attack for business malpractices and the allegations led to a revolt against him in the party.

Legal luminary and leader Ram Jethmalani, his son Mahesh Jethmalani and a host of other leaders had openly slammed his possibility of re-election and had demanded that Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.

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