Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Saturday hit out at party leader Ram Jethmalani and his son Mahesh Jethmaalni for their demand for removal of Nitin Gadkari as party president saying that the duo have no role to play in the decision-making within the party.
"People have come to know only now that Ram Jethmalani and Mahesh Jethmalani are in BJP. They are irrelevant and have no role or relevance in decision-making," Bharti told media.
"I must tell you that they cannot even enter the place where decisions are taken on who should be president and who should resign," she said.
Bharti´s made the comments days after Ram Jethmalani revolted openly against the party leadership and said Nitin Gadkari should step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.
However, the BJP at a core group meeting on Tuesday reinforced its support to Gadkari.
Meanwhile, BJP national executive member Jagdish Shettigar also mounted pressure on Gadkari and asked him to step down from his position.
"Gadkari is also a swayamsewak (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker) whose principle is to protect the interest of the country first and then protect the interest of the organisation. I am sure being a swayamsewak as per the conscience he will take the best step in the overall interest of the country and the organisation," Shettigar was quoted as saying.
Ram Jethmalani´s son Mahesh Jethmalani on Nov 5 resigned from a panel and addressed a letter directly to Gadkari where he said it was morally and intellectually not possible for him to carry on in the BJP national executive committee as long as he continued as the party president.
Gadkari has been accused of using shell companies to fund his business and of receiving investments from contractors in Maharashtra.
However he has refuted the charges of using shell companies to fund his business and of receiving investments from contractors in Maharashtra.