Thursday, March 10, 2011

BJP will take CVC Thomas issue to the people: Gadkari

2011-03-09 20:50:00
Last Updated: 2011-03-09 22:11:05

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday distanced itself from its senior leader Sushma Swaraj's stand that the matter of CVC appointment be put to rest after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's clarification, saying the issue has not ended and the party would take it to the people.
"The CVC matter has not ended for BJP. The Prime Minister's reply has not satisfied us. Our nation-wide programme against corruption will also present the role of the Prime Minister and we will take this issue to the people," BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

Asked if this stand sets aside all the earlier positions taken by the party on the issue, Gadkari said "I am speaking as the party president. There is no contradiction between the statement of (Arun) Jaitley and Sushma.

 As far as the party line is concerned, I am very clear."
Gadkari toed the line taken Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and other senior leaders, isolating Swaraj in the process.

"The Prime Minister has blamed his Minister of state and he in turn has put the blame on Kerala government. Does this mean that this government is being run by Kerala government?" Gadkari said.

He argued this was not a "simple matter" and the Prime Minister needs to clarify under what "political influence" or "outside pressure" he took the decision to appoint P J Thomas as CVC who has a corruption case pending against him.

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