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Gadkari defensive at BJP protest against corruption

New Delhi, NOV 21 (AGENCIES)
Published on 21 Nov. 2012 10:39 PM IST
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Facing charges of dubious funding of his companies and demands from within for resigning from his post, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday claimed he was clean and said he did not fear facing any probe as he has not done any wrong.
“There is an attempt to defame us. We are clean.

There is no need to fear and we are ready to face any probe. I want to assure you that we have not done anything wrong,” Gadkari said addressing a BJP protest rally at Jantar Mantar here on the issues of corruption, price rise and FDI.

The BJP protest rally was organised by its Delhi unit and attended by senior party leaders including Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta.

After the rally, leaders led by Rajnath Singh marched towards the Prime minister’s residence and courted arrest at Parliament Street police station. Gadkari did not court arrest.

Attacking the Congress-led UPA government, Gadkari charged the Congress with misusing the CBI by threatening anyone who spoke against it or exposed its “wrongdoings and corruption”.

“There is loot in this country. BJP has been exposing this government’s corruption and scams. That is why there is an attempt to defame us,” he alleged.

“Congress is misusing the CBI against Mayawati (of Bahujan Samaj Party), Mulayam (of Samajwadi Party), Shibu Soren (of JMM), DMK’s ministers and NCP and other allies by threatening them with CBI files and cases. False allegations have also been levelled against the BJP.

The Congress says if you speak against us, we will destroy you. Whosoever wants to probe, can probe. We are not scared,” Gadkari said.

On Kasab’s hanging, Gadkari said it had been delayed and asked why Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru had not been sent to the gallows. 

Gadkari accused Congress of doing votebank politics and asked why the government was not executing Guru even after the Supreme Court verdict.

“Congress party is promoting terrorism. It is not ready to executive Afzal Guru due to votebank politics. It fears losing votes if Guru is hanged,” he alleged and asked “Can such a government save the people from terrorism?”

BJP chief said the Congress government was on its way out, but was surviving with the help of CBI, through which it threatened its allies, and said BJP-led NDA was the only alternative to the UPA.

“This government is in intensive-care unit and can go any time. There is no future of this government as its alliance partners are unhappy.

Nobody today listens to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The CBI Director is the strength of this government. If this government is there, it is because of CBI and its blackmail. Whenever the opposition tries to bring no- confidence motion, government misuses CBI,” he said.

Reconsider Gadkari stance: BJP
Terming “inappropriate” senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha’s blunt demand that party president Nitin Gadkari step down in view of the allegations against the Purti group run by him, the BJP appealed to him to reconsider his stance.

“Sinha is a senior leader of the party and all forums of the party are available to him. The party considers the statement issued by Sinha [demanding the resignation] as inappropriate. The party would appeal to him to reconsider his stand,” BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here on Tuesday.

Sinha’s statement could not have come at a more inopportune time for the BJP, which is gearing up to corner the government on a range of issues in the winter session of Parliament beginning on Thursday.

Moreover, the timing of the senior leader’s statement has surprised leaders within the party as the campaign against Gadkari had subsided after the party backed him in the wake of a ‘clean chit’ given by auditor S. Gurumurthy after a probe into the balance sheet of the Purti group.

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