'Mind your tongue', Govindacharya exhorts Gadkari



New Delhi: In a strongly worded letter to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, former party ideologue K N Govindacharya has asked him to "mind his tongue" and not indulge in speculation about his return to the party.

Virtually ruling out his re-entry into the BJP, Govindacharya, who quit the party in 2003, said, "Keeping my lack of interest in returning to the party-fold in mind, you and your office-bearers should stop making comments."

He asked the BJP chief to ensure that he was not dragged into internal squabbles and factional fights of the organisation.

Govindacharya's letter came in response to Gadkari's statements in an interview to a Hindi daily about possibilities of his return to the BJP.

"You and your party office-bearers should have thought about my seniority before giving a statement or an interview," he said asking them to "mind your tongue".

"Making me a victim of your party's internal squabbles and factional fights hurts my image," he said.

"This leads to confusion among people and creates hurdles in my work," he added.

The RSS pracharak, who had given his good wishes to Gadkari when he was appointed BJP chief, said he was forced to issue this letter as the new president needed to control his tongue.

"Please do not drag me into your party's feuds and do not harm me further by your unnecessary comments," he said.

PTI