New Delhi: In an attempt to restore faith and credibility of the national party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday asked party workers not to ‘deem’ allegations levelled on party’s senior leaders by terming them an ‘expression of frustration’.

Hitting out at NRI business Anshuman Mishra, he said, “His allegations against party’s senior leaders, including, Murli Manohar Joshi are ‘baseless’ and ‘misleading’ over his failure to make it to the Rajya Sabha with the support of few BJP MLAs from Jharkhand.”

According to the sources, Gadkari is believed to have backed Mishra's nomination for Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand which he had to withdraw at the last moment following a directive from the BJP central leadership.

Misrha earlier claimed that Joshi had called him asking funds for 2004 and 2009 elections. He also alleged that he had played a vital role in Joshi’s poll campaign.

However, the veteran BJP leader and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief Joshi strongly countered Mishra’s allegations by terming them ‘fabricated’.