BJP will take CVC Thomas issue to the people: Gadkari

BJP distanced itself from its senior leader Sushma Swaraj`s stand that the matter of CVC appointment be put to rest after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s clarification.

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 22:05 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday distanced itself from
its senior leader Sushma Swaraj`s stand that the matter of CVC
appointment be put to rest after Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s clarification, saying the issue has not ended and the
party would take it to the people.

"The CVC matter has not ended for BJP. The Prime
Minister`s reply has not satisfied us. Our nation-wide
programme against corruption will also present the role of the
Prime Minister and we will take this issue to the people," BJP
President Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.
Asked if this stand sets aside all the earlier positions
taken by the party on the issue, Gadkari said "I am speaking
as the party president. There is no contradiction between the
statement of (Arun) Jaitley and Sushma. As far as the party
line is concerned, I am very clear."

Gadkari toed the line taken Leader of the Opposition in
Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and other senior leaders, isolating
Swaraj in the process.
"The Prime Minister has blamed his Minister of state and
he in turn has put the blame on Kerala government. Does this
mean that this government is being run by Kerala government?"
Gadkari said.

He argued this was not a "simple matter" and the Prime
Minister needs to clarify under what "political influence" or
"outside pressure" he took the decision to appoint P J Thomas
as CVC who has a corruption case pending against him.

PTI