BJP's SC Morcha backs Gadkari

The Schedule Caste morcha of the BJP on Saturday passed a resolution demanding its party chief Nitin Gadkari not to resign from his post following corruption charges against him.

The resolution passed by national office-bearers and state presidents during the inauguration of the BJP SC Morcha in Bangalore on Saturday, read that “Gadkari should not even think of resigning”.

“The Morcha is of the view that allegations against Gadkari are baseless and fabricated. The allegations have been levelled by Congress and United Progressive Alliance to divert the corruption charges against its own ministers. The Morcha condemns this tendency of the Congress and has passed a resolution requesting Gadkari not to think of resigning, because Morcha has gained strength under his leadership in the three years. The meeting has full faith in his leadership.”

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar who inaugurated the function, said that the dalit community was instrumental in the BJP coming to power in 2008. He said that Congress had used the community only as a vote bank, as a result of which the community had leaned towards the saffron party. Of the 35 reserved constituencies, BJP candidates bagged 25 seats during the last Assembly elections. He said that BJP needs to bank on the community’s support in the future.

Bikaner MP Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the party was opposed to the Justice Ranganath Mishra committee report which has proposed 15 per cent reservation to minorities in government jobs. He said that the party would launch a nationwide stir if the government implemented the recommendations. The recommendations served as a deterrent to the OBCs and SC/ST communities, he added.

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