New Delhi: Indicating a clear divide within the main opposition BJP, derogatory posters against senior leader Yashwant Sinha were put up in the national capital on Thursday.
According to reports, the slogans etched on the posters brand Sinha as a ‘traitor’ and criticize him for demanding the resignation of beleaguered BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, who is facing serious charges of corruption.
Reacting to the development, Sinha said, “I want those behind the posters to reveal their identity so that a healthy debate could start.”
The poster war started days after Sinha said that he is not concerned whether Gadkari was guilty but those in public life should be beyond reproach.
However, his views were disapproved by the party top brass, which said that he should reconsider his comments.
Coming out of a meeting of National Democratic Alliance leaders, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said Sinha`s remarks were “inappropriate".
Prasad said the party had taken notice of the reports in the media about Sinha`s remarks.
“He is a very senior leader of the party. He has given a public statement today. Being a senior leader, all party forums were available to him. Instead, he chose to go public. The party did not deem it appropriate. We urge him to reconsider his remarks,” Prasad said.
Gadkari is facing probe over financial dealings of investor companies in a firm linked to him.
The BJP has virtually given Gadkari a clean chit following probe by a financial analyst S. Gurumurthy, considered close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.