New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh went into damage control mode after senior RSS leader MG Vaidya alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari.
Distancing itself from the blusterous remark, Sangh’s spokesman Ram Madhav said the views expressed by Vaidya were his personal.
Madhav also added that the official statements are made only by those who are in the RSS.
Indicating disarray within the BJP, Vaidya, Sunday, in his blog wrote: “The roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat because when Ram Jethmalani demanded Gadkari’s resignation, he also demanded that Narendra Modi be made the prime ministerial candidate of the party”.
“Modi himself seems to have strong prime ministerial ambitions because LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari have already said that they are not in the race for the PM. But Narendra Modi has still not said anything on this issue,” he added.
“Narendra Modi might have felt that Gadkari as the BJP president will hamper his chances of becoming the Prime Minster. He is using Jethmalani to fulfil his plans,” the RSS leader said.
First Published: Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:28