Rajnath Singh defends Gadkari at BJP's conclave

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 10:20 hrs

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Saturday defended his predecessor Nitin Gadkari, saying the allegations levelled against the latter were completely false and baseless.

"We wanted that Nitin Gadkari who was the BJP President before me should continue for a second term. But the manner in which baseless and unfounded allegations were levelled against him, made him decide not to hold the post of the national president despite our convictions. And then I took over the responsibility of assuming the office of the national president," said Singh, while addressing the two-day BJP National Council meeting here.

"I know that the allegations are baseless and unfounded. When I was elected, I assured him that he should not worry. I told him that the entire Bharatiya Janata Party is with you. And today again I want to assure him this," he added.

The BJP president also lauded his predecessor for strengthening the organisation of the party

Rajnath Singh was elected the BJP President earlier this year after Gadkari opted out of the election process on grounds that he had to spend time addressing allegations levelled by the income tax department relating to business deals of the Purti group of companies. (ANI)

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