Senior BJP leader offers to quit, says not happy with Gadkari
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:35
Guna: Voices of dissidence grew louder in the BJP today with a senior leader offering to resign after cornering the party leadership over a host of issues, including Nitin Gadkari's recent remark against Congress and the re-induction of Jaswant Singh.

"I do not think it is possible for me to continue in a party which has Gadkari as its President," Laxman Singh, a former BJP MP and brother of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, said.

Hitting out at Gadkari for "lacking political experience," Singh told reporters at Aawan that he had served the BJP "selflessly" in last five years, but in the present political atmosphere it was not possible for him to remain in it.

Singh said he was prepared to work with his elder brother Digvijay.

The BJP leader said it appeared that the BJP had lost its way on the Jinnah issue and that it was not right to bring back Jaswant Singh into the party fold.

He also sought clarification from the party leadership over nominating a prominent lawyer, who defended Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, to the Rajya Sabha.

On Sunday, senior BJP leader M M Joshi had advised Gadkari to use proper language and said that there should not be criticism at personal level in politics.

"Even strong criticism can be said in appropriate words," former BJP President and former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi had told reporters in Varanasi.

Taunting the Congress over the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, Gadkari had asked the party whether the Parliament attack death row convict was its "son-in-law".

In comments that stoked a controversy, Gadkari thundered at a BJP rally in Dehra Dun on July 8 asking Congress leaders "Is Afzal Guru the son-in-law of Congress? Have you(Congress) given your daughter to him(Afzal). Why is he being given special treatment?"


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 23:35

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