RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has refused to comment on the corruption allegation against BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, saying it was an internal matter of the saffron party.
“Gadkari’s issue is BJP’s internal matter,” said Bhagwat.
“I have already touched the issue of corruption (in general) in my speech and if you want to know more, you can speak to Manmohan Vaidya, the Prachar Pramukh of the organisation,” he told reporters after addressing RSS workers at the annual Vijayadashmi function here.
Vaidya said the allegations of corruption against Gadkari “are in the media only”.
“A media trial is on and the concerned person (Gadkari) will put forth his views before the party,” he said.
Gadkari, who attended the function, in the RSS attire, left the venue without talking to media.
Media reports on Tuesday said an infrastructure company, Ideal Road Builders (IRB), had made major investments in and given a large loan to a company controlled by Gadkari.
IRB had won contracts between 1995 and 1999 when Gadkari was the PWD minister in Maharashtra.
The reports said the addresses of some of the companies that had invested in Gadkari’s company appeared to be dubious.
Gadkari, who seemingly has the backing of the RSS, did not react to the latest allegations — the way he promptly responded to IAC when it accused him of questionable land deals.
On Tuesday, however, BJP MP Jethmalani suggested that Gadkari should not aspire for a second term as party president.
Jethmalani told television channels that there “was suspicion about his integrity” and his continuation as BJP chief will weaken the party’s fight in upcoming elections. TOI