Khanduri to be CM if BJP voted to power: Gadkari

On NRHM scam, Gadkari said his party demands strong action against those involved in the scam.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 14:22 PM IST

Dehradun: BC Khanduri will remain the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand if the party is voted back to power as he possesses all the skills necessary for the post, including
vision and transparency, BJP President Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.

"The party is fighting elections collectively but BC Khanduri will be the next Chief Minister (of Uttarakhand if the BJP won the polls)," he said.
"Five things-- leadership, vision, transparency, commitment and will power-- are necessary for the development of any place and Khanduri has all these five things," Gadkari said.

Khanduri had recently replaced Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as the state Chief Minister following charges of corruption against him.

He made it clear that party has not discredited any
leader and said good work was done by the BJP government under
the leadership of Nishank, including successful conduct of
Mahakumbh mela in 2010.

Gandkari claimed Uttarakhand has made good progress in
the past 10 years in comparison to the parent state of Uttar
Pradesh and the BJP government has played a major role in it.

"For further development, the people of the state should
vote for BJP," he added.

Regarding corruption charges against Babu Singh Kushwaha,
who had recently quit BSP to join BJP, Gadkari said the
allegations of corruption against him are not proved.

"We never support corruption. If he (Kushwaha) is found
guilty, he too will have to face its consequences," he said.

On National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam, Gadkari
said his party demands strong action against those involved in
the scam.

In Uttarakhand, the BJP would develop tourism in the
state to create new avenues for jobs. Besides, the party would
also develop the hydro-power sector in the region, he said.

"We will also launch efforts to contain inflation and
provide a corruption-free government," he said.

PTI