‘If Kejriwal had some proof, he must present it’

Allegations of corruption, whether they are against leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress require to be answered, Dattatreya Hosabale, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh joint general secretary, said on Friday.

Talking to journalists at suburban Kelambakkam, where the three-day all-India executive meet of the RSS began, he was responding to questions on allegations against BJP president Nitin Gadkari made by India Against Corruption’s Arvind Kejriwal and if the RSS would seek an explanation from him (Mr. Gadkari).

“The meet will not discuss any issues related to the BJP. As far as the RSS view is concerned, we have always been against corruption. Public morality is supreme. Mr. Gadkari is a swayamsevak himself and meets office-bearers of the RSS for discussions. As far as corruption is concerned, whether it is allegations of corruption or land acquisition by the Congress or the BJP, we have always been saying that due process should be followed and that allegations should be answered properly,” Mr. Hosabale said.

If Mr. Kejriwal had some proof, he had to present proper evidence and it was for the BJP and the Congress to answer the allegations, he said, adding that general secretary Mohan Bhagwat had already issued a statement in which he had made it clear that those who were found guilty should be punished according to the law and that stand continued.

“But why single our Mr. Gadkari? There are hundreds of others also and so we are not going to discuss this case wise or person wise,” Mr. Hosabale remarked.

On issues in Karnataka, he said even in the case of removal of B.S.Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister, the decision was made by the BJP national leadership as there were charges by the Lokayukta.

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