All parties advised to constitute panels to inquire into charges against leaders

Instead of going in for a judicial inquiry, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should form a fact-finding committee (FFC) to look into the allegations of financial malpractices against BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, said Pejawar Math seer and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad functionary Vishwesha Teertha Swami.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function here on Sunday, the seer said it would be better to constitute a fact-finding committee rather than ordering judicial inquiries.

‘Long process’

He pointed put that the judicial inquiry into the role of the former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam was not completed even after 22 years. The same thing may happen if a judicial inquiry was ordered into allegations of financial malpractices against BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, he said.

Referring to the growing number of allegations against the senior leaders of all political parties, the seer said it would be better if all political parties constitute FFCs to look into the allegations of corruption against their respective leaders.

Replying to queries, the seer said there was no need for Mr. Gadkari to resign from the post of BJP national president as the allegations levelled against him had not yet been proved. “Mere allegations does not make a person guilty. Who is not free from allegations these days? Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is facing allegations. But it does not mean he is guilty”, he said. However, he refused to comment on the proposed move by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to launch a regional political party after quitting from the BJP. He evaded queries on this issue saying that it was not the right time to discuss State politics.

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