PM candidate prerogative of BJP,says RSS

In a development that appears to reinforce the view that BJP president Nitin Gadkari could get a second term as party president

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2012 3:23:28 am

In a development that appears to reinforce the view that BJP president Nitin Gadkari could get a second term as party president,senior RSS leaders were learnt to have held talks with the BJP top brass in the last few days. RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi,widely considered number two in the heirarchy,and its point man for the party Suresh Soni held discussions with BJP leaders separately.

Though sources in the RSS and the party confirmed the meetings,they termed it as “routine”. The meetings become significant in the backdrop of India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal’s corruption charges against Gadkari and also Ram Jethmalani’s pitch to project Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

“These issues are all prerogative of the party. These matters should be decided by the party whether somebody should be projected as Prime Minister or not,” RSS leader Ram Madhav said on Friday.

While admitting that the BJP’s organisational matters and current political situation came up for discussion,sources confided that there was nothing from the RSS leaders that appeared going against Nitin Gadkari.

This bodes well for Gadkari,as the top BJP leaders — Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj — were quick to rally behind him against’s Kejriwal’s tirade.

Vasundhara: I’m not quitting BJP

Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje Friday denied reports that she planned to quit the BJP. In a statement circulated by the BJP,she said such reports were part of a “political conspiracy” by the Congress and some vested interests against her.

“I have the love and blessings of people of Rajasthan. So,I am not going to be perturbed by such reports and such reports are not going to break a strong party like BJP,” she said.

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