Senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya on Sunday said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari. “The roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat because when Ram Jethmalani demanded Gadkari’s resignation, he also demanded that Narendra Modi be made the prime ministerial candidate of the party,” Mr. Vaidya wrote in his blog on Sunday, adding: “Modi himself seems to have strong prime ministerial ambitions because L.K. Advani and Nitin Gadkari have already said that they are not in the race for the PM. But Narendra Modi has still not said anything on this issue.”

“Narendra Modi might have felt that Gadkari as the BJP president will hamper his chances of becoming the Prime Minster. He is using Jethmalani to fulfil his plans,” the senior RSS leader alleged.

Criticising Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani for his open revolt against Mr. Gadkari, Mr. Vaidya said: “Ram Jethmalani should not have expressed his displeasure against Nitin Gadkari publicly. Any BJP member or MP can feel that Nitin Gadkari should resign, but they should raise this issue on the party platform.”

Commenting on the race for the prime ministerial candidature in the BJP he said, “This is not the right time to decide candidate. The party which gets the highest numbers of MPs in the Lok Sabha will decide when the results are declared in 2014. I don’t think that Narendra Modi will get a chance to lead the party in elections.”

Mr. Vaidya wrote that those in the party concerned about the charges against Mr. Gadkari should quit the way Mahesh Jethmalani had. “If Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Jaswant Singh share Mr. Ram Jethmalani’s view, as claimed by him, then all three should also resign from the party,” he wrote.

Mentioning The Hindu’s report on the Income-Tax Department finding irregularities in the investment pattern of Purti Limited, Mr. Vaidya wrote: “It’s wrong on the part of the Income-Tax department to leak information to the media.”

RSS resolutions

Meanwhile, the RSS has issued a press release making public the resolutions passed in its Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarini Mandal (ABKM) meeting in Chennai earlier this month.

“We lost around 38,000 sq km of our territory to China in the 1962 war. Our Parliament passed a resolution on November 14, 1962 swearing to take back every inch of the territory occupied. But now, instead of working towards that objective, the government is engaged only in legalising the LAC in the name of border talks,” reads the resolution on a comprehensive national security policy vis-à-vis China. It points out that “the deep penetration of China in vital sectors like energy, information and communication technology, industry and commerce in India and its designs to divert our rivers are a serious cause of concern. India should also be aware of China’s threat in the field of cyber technology and communications.”

Infiltration in Assam

The resolution, “To stop illegal Bangladeshi infiltration in the wake of Assam violence,” says: “The Central and State governments in the light of Foreigners Act, 1946 and the orders of various Courts should deny citizenship facilities and deport all Bangladeshi infiltrators.”

The RSS condemned “the attempts to portray the Assam issue in general as a Muslim issue. Inflammatory utterances of certain leaders inside and outside Parliament about fresh wave of radicalisation of Muslims and visits of only Muslim MPs to select camps in the violence-affected areas should be condemned.”