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Updated: August 7, 2011 02:46 IST

It's double standards, says Gadkari

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses a press conference in Guwahati on Saturday.
PTI BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses a press conference in Guwahati on Saturday.

Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Saturday demanded the immediate resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in the wake of the indictment of her government by the Comptroller and Auditor-General for irregularities in the Commonwealth Games.

The BJP president said Ms. Dikshit had no right to continue in office as the CAG raised serious irregularities in the award of contracts, supply of inferior equipment, delay in awarding of contracts, leading to cost escalation, etc.

Mr. Gadkari alleged that the Congress, which was very vocal in demanding the resignation of B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister in the wake of the Karnataka Lokayukta's report on ire ore mining, was now trying to save Ms. Dikshit. “This has exposed the Congress double standards,” he told journalists here.

Mr. Gadkari was in the city to review the BJP's poll debacle in the recent Assam Assembly elections and kick-start a chintan baithak (brainstorming session). Asked about the electoral fiasco in the State, he said the party had reviewed its performance and planned strategies to strengthen its base.

Mr. Gadkari welcomed the former Additional Chief Secretary C.K. Das, who joined the BJP, into the party fold.

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Double standards: one for us; one for others -- that is the nature of political parties. They also try to hide behind the errors of their accusers. It is amazing that political parties in power retort "You did this and that when you were in power" instead of setting things right when political parties in the opposition point out irregularities. Why don't they realize that people appreciate mending ways rather than covering up.

from:  Thomas George
Posted on: Aug 7, 2011 at 18:01 IST
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