New Delhi: RSS leader Seshadri Chari has
shot off a letter to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari over selection of
candidates whose "integrity is questionable" as party
nominees in the Rajya Sabha elections.
Chari is upset at the nomination of BJP spokesman Tarun
Vijay, former editor of RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya, a decision
which had created a "sense of dismay and despondency" within
"It is surprising that the party has chosen to ignore
those who have toiled sincerely for years, for its sake, and
has chosen to reward those individuals whose integrity is
questionable, to say the least, and whose relevance to the
BJP`s political standing and future prospects is practically
nil," he said in a letter sent to Gadkari yesterday.
Though Chari does not name Tarun Vijay, the inference is
obvious as he has raised the issue of Rajya Sabha nomination
of "one particular individual from the state of Uttarakhand".
Vijay is the BJP candidate for the election to the lone
Rajya Sabha seat from the hill state.
Chari, who was in-charge of BJP affairs in Uttarakhand,
said he resented that "committed" workers like Mohan Singh
Gaonwasi and Naresh Bansal were ignored "while rank
opportunists and publicity managers are elevated to positions
of power and pelf".
When asked, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was
not aware of Chari`s letter and the BJP parliamentary board
had chosen Vijay after considering his eligibility and work
for the party.
In his letter, Chari said that he was writing in his
capacity as an individual committed to the Sangh ideology
since 1967 and Editor of Organiser, the English language RSS