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Rajeev,both Independent and BJP

Tata was clearly alluding to the BJP.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi |
December 11, 2010 12:35:31 am

While replying to Independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s letter,industrialist Ratan Tata yesterday spoke about the former’s affiliation to a “particular political party” which wanted to “embarrass” the Prime Minister and the Congress. Tata was clearly alluding to the BJP.

For,although the BJP has refrained from joining issue — pointing out that it prefers to stay away from corporate rivalries — Chandrasekhar’s record shows a strong association with the BJP.

Chandrasekhar,however,told The Indian Express: “I am an Independent MP. I have no affiliation with any party. I have worked with the BJP wherever there was an alignment of my interests and the interests of the BJP. But that doesn’t make me a BJP person.” Consider his record of “alignment of interests.”

Chandrasekhar was elected to the Rajya Sabha with the support of parties including the BJP. He shared a dais with top BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar on March 21,2009 at a “Friends of BJP” event in Bangalore when campaigning for Lok Sabha elections was at its peak. “If becoming a Rajya Sabha MP with BJP support is the benchmark,then is Vijay Mallya a BJP MP? He also got BJP support,” countered Chandrasekhar.

Earlier this year,BJP president Nitin Gadkari appointed Chandrasekhar head of a Study Group to prepare a document that would draw the contours of the BJP’s “vision” of national development. Among the group’s members are BJP national executive member Rajesh Shah,General Secretary J P Nadda and Treasurer Piyush Goyal.

“Whenever people ask me for my views as an entrepreneur,I have lent my views…I have prepared a national security document as president of FICCI. I do my research…that has nothing to do with my political affiliation,” said Chandrasekhar.

The BJP government in Karnataka earlier this year recommended Chandrasekhar’s name for the Padma Bhushan award. “It was not just the Karnataka Government,four Cabinet ministers of the Government of India had also nominated me,” he said.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa appointed him as the convenor of ABIDe,Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development Task Force,set up to evolve a new urban planning model for the city. ABIDe is chaired by the chief minister and BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Ananth Kumar is Vice Chairman.

Chandrasekhar was also roped in by the Yeddyurappa government as coordinator of the Aasare programme,under which houses are being constructed for families in northern Karnataka affected by last year’s flash floods.

His appointment led to a showdown between Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers as Revenue Minister Karunakara Reddy wanted the scheme to be under his Ministry’s ambit.

Chandrasekhar openly backed Ananth Kumar during the last Lok Sabha elections when the senior BJP leader faced a tough fight from aviation entrepreneur G R Gopinath. “I endorsed both BJP and Congress candidates,” he said.

He said Tata’s allegations were an “unfortunate attempt” to divert attention from the real issue which is “(the) difference in what Tata says publicly and what his company does privately.”

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