New Delhi: Embarrassed by the resignation of Sudheendra Kulkarni, BJP on Sunday said his dissociation from the party will have no impact on it as he
was not a member.
"I would like to correct that Kulkarni was not a member of the BJP. For the last two years, he is not in the BJP. Of course, he was assisting Advani sometimes and also other senior leaders...," party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
He said Kulkarni`s dissociation with the BJP will have no impact on the party as a "large number of people is associated with different leaders and it is not necessary if the person is associated personally with the leader is also associated with the party".
Echoing similar sentiments, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said Kulkarni, who was closely associated with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, was not a member of the BJP since 2005.
"He was associated with election-related work. The whole election mechanism was wound up immediately after the Lok Sabha polls by party president Rajnath Singh."
Senior party leader Balbir Punj termed Kulkarni as a "very valuable colleague". He said Kulkarni was an organisation man, "an intellectual of great height and a very articulate face of the party."