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RSS and Nitin Gadkari

When IAC headed by Arvind Kejriwal came out with accusations against Nitin Gadkari on 17/10/2012 BJP took it lightly. Arun Jaitley said a mountain is made of what is not even a molehill. Nitin Gadkari said he felt laughing. Many journalists were disappointed that the expose was not explosive. IAC members defended themselves. Kumar Vishwas on Times Now said this is not a T20 match.

TV channels began their investigations into Purti Power and Sugar Ltd (PPSL). They discovered a web of companies in which driver, accountant, astrologer, and other workers of Nitin Gadkari were directors. There was demand that Nitin Gadkari step down as BJP President. Nitin Gadkari said he was ready for any probe. RSS was behind him. They wanted him to continue as president.

On 30/10/2012 IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd came out with an advertisement denying any link between IRB Group and Purti Group.

Ram Jethmalani spoke against Nitin Gadkari. Mahesh Jethmalani on 5/11/2012 quit from national executive committee of BJP. Next day Ram Jethmalani’s letter to Lal Krishna Advani became public. Ram Jethmalani had written that he, Jaswant Singh, Yashwant, and Shatrughan Sinha wanted Nitin Gadkari to quit. On 8/11/2012 L. K. Advani turned 85. Nitin Gadkari met him to wish happy birthday.

S. Gurumurthy got into the act. As chartered accountant he went through papers related to PPSL and other companies and said there is no case against Nitin Gadkari, met L. K. Advani and briefed BJP leaders. Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj prepared a joint statement which Ravi Shankar Prasad read out. The party was behind Nitin Gadkari.

RSS defends Nitin Gadkari means RSS is corrupt. RSS officially says it is for BJP to decide about its president, unofficially it tells BJP leaders what to do. Nitin Gadkari was RSS choice. Mohan Bhagwat wanted him to be BJP President. He wanted him to get second term. BJP constitution was amended to favour Nitin Gadkari.

Apart from Atal Behari Vajpayee no other BJP leader has been able to defy RSS and remain in BJP. L. K. Advani had to quit as president for his Jinnah remark. There is the question of next prime ministerial candidate. Narendra Modi has many supporters, one of them is Ram Jethmalani.

IAC revelations led to copycat revelations by Y. P. Singh and Subramanian Swamy. Y. P. Singh spoke about Sharad Pawar and Salman Khan. Subramanian Swamy targeted Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. He said Congress loaned 90 crore rupees to Associated Journals Pvt. Ltd. (AJPL) that published National Herald. AJPL was sold to Young Indian through transfer of shares. The deal was done to acquire Herald House. Young Indian wrote off the debt for 50 lakh rupees.

Manmohan Vaidya blogged Narendra Modi was behind the campaign to oust Nitin Gadkari. RSS said it was his personal view. S. Gurumurthy’s tweets about Nitin Gadkari created confusion. It seems there is confusion within RSS.

Decline of Advani

In 2009 Lal Krishna Advani was the prime ministerial candidate of BJP. After that his leadership declined gradually and at the meeting of national executive of BJP in Bombay it reached the bottom when B. S. Yediyurappa said Narendra Modi is the tallest leader in BJP.

Advani did not stand up for people who stood by him. During Jinnah controversy Jaswant Singh had supported Advani. When Jaswant Singh faced expulsion for his book on Jinnah, Advani did not oppose expulsion. BJP members understood it was foolish to support Advani, he would not support them in their difficult time. Nobody from BJP who wanted to expel Jaswant Singh had read the book. There were reports that some passages in the book were against Vallabhbhai Patel. Narendra Modi wanted Jaswant Singh expelled and he had its way. History was to repeat itself in Bombay and Narendra Modi secured Sanjay Joshi’s resignation.

RSS leaders talked of young leadership of BJP. Manohar Parrikar referred to Advani as rancid pickle. Opinion polls favoured Narendra Modi over Advani. In the tussle in Karnataka BJP, Advani sided with Anantha Kumar and angered B. S. Yediyurappa. B. S. Yediyurappa hit back by endorsing Narendra Modi.

Advani’s criticism of Nitin Gadkari in his blog came late. If Advani wants to become prime minister he has to keep all options open and that means splitting BJP. Leaders split parties to come to power, to remain in power, to consolidate power.

RSS on BJP President

It seems RSS wants Nitin Gadkari to be president of BJP again. It does not find anyone else suitable. Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are too old. Sushma Swaraj has to give up Lok Sabha leadership. Arun Jaitley has to give up Rajya Sabha leadership. Venkaiah Naidu was once president. Manohar Parrikar is Goa chief minister.

RSS has its headquarters in Nagpur and Nitin Gadkari is from Nagpur. There is no problem if Sushma Swaraj or Arun Jaitley becomes president and gives up Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha leadership. If Nitin Gadkari can become president again so can Venkaiah Naidu.

There are many BJP leaders who can make it as party president. Jaswant Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Muktar Abbas Naqvi, Shahnawaz Hussain, Gopinath Munde are some of them.

BJP has declined under Nitin Gadkari’s presidentship. It lost Uttarakhand. Its tally went down in UP and Punjab. It did badly in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Goa was an exception.

BJP is RSS’ property and RSS can dictate who should be its president but if it persists with Nitin Gadkari its tally in Lok Sabha may come down to two digits. After that it may be epitaph of BJP.