Taking potshots at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for defending their party chief, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday asked Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to come up with a reply on whether Nitin Gadkari should continue in office or not.
"Why is Modi silent on Gadkari's matter. He speaks on every national issue, but why is he not saying anything on this national matter. Modi should tell us whether Gadkari should resign or not," he said.
When asked to comment on RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy's varying versions on giving a clean chit to Gadkari, Digvijay Singh said the BJP leaders should better give their views on this matter.
"You should ask this question to the BJP leaders. I have been saying this from the very beginning that Bharatiya Janata Party gave a clean chit (to Gadkari) before the whole country and media following Gurumurthy's statement. Now that Gurumurthy has taken a U-turn then why is the Bharatiya Janata Party silent? They should come up with their reaction now after Gurumurthy's U-turn," said Digvijay Singh.
"If it is scripted, it is a poor script," he added, when asked whether the whole matter revolving around Gadkari was scripted.
It may be recalled here that RSS leader M.G. Vaidya earlier on Sunday said Modi is designing the dissent within the BJP over whether Gadkari should continue in office.
"The roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat because when Ram Jethmalani demanded Gadkari's resignation, he also demanded that Narendra Modi be made the prime ministerial candidate of the party," Vaidya wrote in his blog on Sunday.
"Modi himself seems to have strong prime ministerial ambitions because LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari have already said that they are not in the race for the office of the Prime Minister. But Narendra Modi has still not said anything on this issue," he added.
Gurumurthy said yesterday that Gadkari should choose between his party post and his love for social enterprise.
"I feel no party president should be in business. Perception about Nitin Gadkari is a political problem. I handled only the facts," he said in twitter.
"I have clearly said that the media allegations on Gadkari is false (sic). If this is clean chit, I have given it," he added.