BJP seeks to play down differences over RS nominations
New Delhi: Seeking to play down differences
within the party on Rajya Sabha nominations to jurist Ram
Jethmalani and party spokesman Tarun Vijay, the BJP on Tuesday said
the selection of candidates was done after due consideration.
"The decisions were taken by the Parliamentary Board
after due consideration," was BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar
Prasad`s refrain to questions about reported discontent in the
party over nominations to the Upper House.
A section of the senior BJP leadership voiced
reservations over nominations of Jethmalani from Rajasthan and
Vijay from Uttarakhand contending that there were better
candidates in the party.
Some leaders pointed out that Jethmalani had contested
the 2004 elections against Atal Bihari Vajpayee and had spoken
against death penalty for Parliament attack convict Afzal
"Mr Jethmalani is now a member of the BJP and the views
of the BJP on Afzal Guru are too well known," was all Prasad
had to say on the issue.
Asked about RSS leader Seshadri Chari`s letter voicing
opposition to Vijay`s nomination, he said party President
Nitin Gadkari will take appropriate action in the matter.
"If Seshadri Chari has written a letter then the party
president will take appropriate action. But if Chari has made
any public statement, I do not think it is appropriate,"
He also rubbished Chari`s allegations of financial
misconduct by Vijay during his tenure as Editor of
`Panchajanya`, the RSS mouthpiece.
"This is totally wrong. Tarun Vijay is a good party
worker and a well-wisher of the party," Prasad said.
On his part, Jethmalani said his remarks about Afzal Guru
were "misunderstood" as he had felt the Parliament attack
convict should be made to pass life in the jail to make him
understand that there are no pleasures in afterlife as he was
made to believe by his mentors.
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