New Delhi: With her remarks on Arun Jaitley
regarding Reddy brothers threatening to snowball into a major
row, BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday stepped in to virtually
snub Sushma Swaraj saying any debate on the choice of
ministers in Karnataka in the media is "totally unnecessary".
Gadkari came out with a statement this evening after
former party president Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa claimed responsibility for inducting the
controversial Reddy brothers, mining magnates, into the state
cabinet, from which Swaraj had distanced herself.
Swaraj, widely perceived to be close to the Reddy
brothers, had in an interview yesterday said it was Jaitley,
Yeddyurappa, M Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar who had decided
to induct Janardhan and Karunakar Reddy into the cabinet.
The remarks, which brought to fore the differences in
second generation leadership in the party, forced Rajnath
Singh and Yeddyurappa to claim responsibility for the
induction of the Reddy brothers.
While Swaraj and Jaitley kept mum on the issue, Gadkari
came out with a sharp statement which said there is
"absolutely no question of any individual or individuals
influencing this process in any particular manner".
"Any debate about the choice of ministers in the
Karnataka government at this stage in the media is totally
unnecessary," Gadkari said.