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Advani absent as BJP leaders back Gadkari

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari coming out after meeting Sushma Swaraj (not in the picture) at her residence, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari coming out after meeting Sushma Swaraj (not in the picture) at her residence, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo:Sushil Kumar Verma

Bharata Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday got some respite as senior leaders of the party — minus L.K. Advani — reaffirmed their support for him after party MP Ram Jethmalani made a strong pitch for his resignation.

However, the BJP chief has little to cheer as more party leaders came out openly questioning his ability to lead the party.

The decision of Mr. Advani to stay away from the meeting triggered frenzied speculations in the electronic media. Senior party leaders maintained that nothing much should be read into it as Mr. Advani chose not to attend the meeting as he had earlier been “briefed” extensively by the concerned leaders on the issue.

Their contention was that since Mr. Jethmalani had written to Mr. Advani, and who in turn had forwarded it to the party leadership to dwell on it, he did not want to be a party to the meeting to consider it.

Ever since questions have been raised by the anti-corruption activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal in the third week of October on the business practices of a company owned by him, Mr. Gadkari has been under pressure from influential sections within the BJP to quit as the party president.

Thanks to the backing of the RSS and senior leaders such as L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj, the BJP president survived. The campaign within the party against Mr. Gadkari is widely perceived as a power struggle among senior leaders with an eye on the 2014 election.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley have not come forward in defence of Mr. Gadkari. The term of Mr. Gadkari as the party president is scheduled to end in the last week of December.

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BJP will be unable to take advantage of the corrupt Congress.
It's election prospect in 2014 will be seriously hampered by the
Gadkari affair. Undoubtedly he has become a liability for the BJP.
A President of BJP should be an intellectual to look after the
primary purpose of the party as opposed to the Congress.

from:  mukunda
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 13:56 IST

Its funny how you managed to drag a CM's name in this. :) . Besides your headline is misleading (consistent BJP articles). If anything Advani's staying away is a +ve for BJP. It could mean the old guard is giving way to new faces, finally. Any party's higher up should be in the age group of 50-70. This could now be observed only in BJP (not supporting, but stating the fact).

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 09:39 IST

With this decision The Titanic has hit the iceberg and the passengers
on deck are fighting amongst themselves about who should the next
Captain be. As if it will make any difference!

When all the political parties are rotten to the core, the principal
Opposition Party also fails the nation again and again. (sigh)

If the Party is gripped by fear of accusations (true or false) and
terror of losing elections (written off forever?), should it remember
(i) “Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted
with important matters.” (Einstein), (ii) “Truth will ultimately
prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.”(Washington),
(iii) “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” (Mahatma)?

Should anyone forget, “THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS are wealth without work,
pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, business
without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 08:21 IST

The BJP needs to get its own act together. If they are assuming that the Indian voter is a fool then they will be in for a surprise. Time and again we have seen the voters always goes for people and parties that have a clear vision and will promote development and progress. Building a RAM mandir will not solve India's problems nor supporting corrupt politicians help create a clean image. The party is spoiling its image by not coming out clean in the fight against corruption.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 08:07 IST

Gadkari relatively a new face projected by RSS on the national scene is
not that indispensable.i do not see why BJP make a big issue of his
replacement which at best can be a every day occurance. If it is the
congress it is even unthinkable to go out of family, a party which is
like a inverted pyramid , the survivalists clinging to the pallu of its

from:  BALA
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 05:33 IST

it would be appropriate for bjp not to extend another term and let die down this controversy honourably,,whole nation is fighting on corruption issue and majority of public is fed up with political system which is being perceived totally corrupt,unresponsive for common public problems and lack of reforms making majority of public frstrated, only few elite control politics,economy and whole influences life,so majority of public is raising their question over lack of job,houses,roti and justice,every political parties cannot escape from public anger, bjp being main political party can not project fighter against corruption if gadkari like tainted president be continued to work any longer,bjp is in totally disarray,,

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 04:54 IST

Is the BJP throwing away a glorious chance ?

from:  Ganesanr
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 03:30 IST

Gadkari must resign before he is being dumped!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Nov 7, 2012 at 01:20 IST

He is a big liability for BJP. He is not known to many people in the country. BJP should find a leader with charisma and clean image. At the moment Advani, Sushma and Modi appear to be right candidates.

from:  Dr . Keshav Rao UK
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 23:53 IST

It is appropriate that Mr.Gadkari leave the party president post
and be back, when everything looks good from his end. There will be
ups and downs for every human being so it creates some bad feelings
for sometime and if he is innocent, he will sure come out Scot free
and have no doubt about it. I better advise BJP not to project PM
in 2014 elections because elected members will select one of them
as leader and he or she will be PM, if they get majority and simply
going by projecting PM may spell doom to their chances of even
securing majority.

from:  Sesha
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 23:33 IST

Is Arvind Kejriwal so powerful? He was the man who has set the ball rolling for Gadkari. I think everyone was only looking for a reason for Gadkari!

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 22:47 IST

Ram and Mahesh Jethmalani appear to be scoring goals against their own party!!

We all appreciate their concern for ethics and morality and there can be no two opinions that a serious prima-facie alleged case of money laundering by their party President shall dent the credibility and fortunes of the Party.

Ram and Mahesh should have simultaneously pitched for a proper probe into Vadra, despite the clean chit by Haryana Govt.This is so as there is atleast one other serious issue of a clean loan allegedly appearing in the audited accounts of one of Vadra firms, denied by the concerned Bank Chairman.This matter if true has implications of money laundering and failure of duty by a statutary auditor.

Are the people of this Nation so gullible that day-a -swindle on prime time TV is just to keep people in an elevated atate of ecstasy and titilation for that day?

Don't we the Mango People deserve the simple expediency of each serious expose'going the length of logical culmination

from:  N Nagarajan
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 21:08 IST
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