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Updated: November 11, 2012 02:44 IST

Pressure mounts within BJP for Gadkari’s resignation

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Senior BJP leaders demand that Mr. Gadkari step down immediately from his post as the charges against him were damaging the party.
PTI Senior BJP leaders demand that Mr. Gadkari step down immediately from his post as the charges against him were damaging the party.

Situation has become untenable for the BJP chief to even consider bidding for a second term

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday faced a fresh attack with party national executive member Jagadish Shettigar, demanding that he should step down from the top post in the wake of charges of dubious funding of his Purti Group.

“Mr. Gadkari is also a swayamsewak (RSS worker) whose dharma (principle) is to protect the interest of the country first and then protect the interest of the organisation. So 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 said.

He maintained that timely action on Mr. Gadkari’s part is crucial. The leader maintained that public perception is important and Mr. Gadkari should step down till the process of investigations is completed.

Mr. Shettigar cited the example of BJP leader L.K.Advani who had stepped down when allegations were levelled against him in the Hawala case. He had also announced that he will not contest any elections.

He refused to speak on the clean chit given to Mr. Gadkari by RSS ideologue Mr. S Gurumurthy, saying he had not studied his report. However, he said there should be an internal mechanism to identify whether a person is involved in corruption.

“If what has been reported is correct, then I think it is not as per what you call the norms of SEBI or other institutions,” Mr. Shettigar said.

Before Shettigar, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani and his son Mahesh had said Mr. Gadkari should immediately step down from his post as the charges against him were damaging the party. He claimed to have the support of other party leaders like Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha.

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from:  Dr Pawan
Posted on: Nov 11, 2012 at 09:21 IST

I cent percent agree with Mr.Jagadish Shettigar that as a desciplined Swayam Sevak Gadkari should have been ready to step down as and when allegations of curruption levelled against him. Also UPA is trying to confuse people by more projecting the curruption charges levelled against BJP leaders and hide their HIMALAYAN SCAMS behind it. If BJP is not willing to cleanse the party by expelling all the currupts from it, the same story of 2009 will happen again as the people are nearly confused over the issue of curruption and as and when Election date comes round the corner UPA will use it drum card "SECULARISM", the word so misused and often decides the destiny of the people of the LARGEST DEMOCRACY in the world.

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: Nov 11, 2012 at 08:16 IST

Nation needs a healthy opposition to achieve greater development goals, but unfortunately, our major opposition party is engaged in its crisis. Hence we lack a opposition at moment, that indeed is a step backward to development. To change others, we need to change ourselves first. I wonder, when shall we see our leaders as role models for masses. Nonetheless, there is urgent need to avoid claim and blame politics and play a constructive role in nation building.

from:  Dr. M. Ashaq Raza
Posted on: Nov 10, 2012 at 21:48 IST

I don't see any of the political party in India is sacred. Every party has shortcomings which can be seen as the power to opposition. Here we can see issues from different part of the country are arising against each political party. Could we have a strong so that no religion plays the role?

from:  Feroj khan
Posted on: Nov 6, 2012 at 14:45 IST
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