New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is finding it difficult to solve the Gadkari issue. The RSS seems to be divided on whether to give clean chit to Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari or not. The situation worsened after RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy, who had given clean chit to Gadkari, took a U-turn saying that the president of any political party should not indulge in business of any sorts.

Though, he later tried to downplay his statement, reportedly under RSS pressure.

"I feel no party president should be in business”, Gurumurthy had reportedly said on micro-blogging site twitter. But soon after the issue was raised in media, he quickly deleted his post clarifying that he was misinterpreted.

Gurumurthy also wrote a letter to Gadkari saying that he fully supports the BJP president as far as matter related to Pruti Group is concerned.

The confusion over Gadkari is not only within the RSS but the organization is also at loggerhead with the BJP as senior RSS leader M G Vaidya blamed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for triggering the attacks on Gadkari. It is to be noted, that there are dissent among the BJP leaders too, as some are of the view that the opposition parties will continue to attack BJP as Gadkari is in business and it will adversely affect the party’s image.

The BJP had to clarify its stand on it and chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar said, “Gadkari benefitted poor sugar farmers of his area and they are now getting good price for sugarcane hence he is a social entrepreneur.”

No matter what, the party is going to have tough time to resolve the issue as the Congress is trying to corner the BJP on this issue and it will not let the issue die.


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