"It's a wrong interpretation of the Hindutva issue. Arun
Jaitley is a committed leader and such words ('opportunistic
issues') will never come from his mouth," Gadkari told a news
conference in Ranchi.
Replying to the cable quoting Jaitely as allegedly
telling a US diplomat that Hindu nationalism was an
'opportunistic issue' of the BJP, he said, "I spoke to Arunji
and he denied having said it."
Asked whether it was not double standards in the face
of BJP taking on the Congress based on Wikileaks, he said the
cables on Congress had revealed the names of MPs who had been
bribed in connection with the 2008 confidence vote while
Jaitley's was a case of wrong interpretation.
Asked for his reaction on Wikileaks accusing certain JMM
MPs of being allegedly involved in cash-for-vote row, a party
with which BJP shares power in Jharkhand, Gadkari said
"Anybody getting involved in such offence is guilty. Congress
is guilty in the cash-for-vote issue. And going by your
(media) question, the Congress has no right to be in the
government at the Centre."
"I firmly believe that Congress has always put pressure
on Opposition leaders by alluring them with money or using CBI
to exert pressure on them disgracing democratic values," he
Ranchi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari
on Sunday termed the Wikileaks cable against party leader Arun
Jaitley on Hindutva controversy as 'wrong interpretation' of
First Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 21:22