RSS goes soft on troubled Gadkari

Downplaying  charges against BJP president Nitin Gadkari over corporate funding and shady land deal, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday asked why Gadkari was “singled out” while “hundreds of others” faced similar allegations.

RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale in a media briefing before their three-day national council session at Chennai’s outskirts in an ashram said it was up to individuals and their respective parties – the Congress and the BJP- to respond to graft charges leveled by activists of ‘India Against Corruption (IAC)’.

Making it categorically clear that the RSS did not support corruption or corrupt individuals, Hosabale said it was the individuals and political parties to come clean on the charges  leveled against them.

“Arvind Kejriwal has come out with some proof and it is for the Congress and BJP to answer the allegations,” he said. If there was any allegation against anybody, the due process of law should take its course, he said.

The RSS national council, being attended by about 350 people including all state office-bearers and all-India leaders of other ‘Parivar’ outfits, including veteran Ashok Singhal of the VHP, Satishji and Ramlal of the BJP, will mainly discuss issues concerning strengthening the ‘Sangh’, besides some important political issues facing the nation.

Denying allegations that the RSS had ‘different yardsticks’ for former Karnataka chief minister Yeddyurappa and for Gadkari, in the backdrop of the former having to quit his post following the mining scam charges against him, Hosabale said it was the BJP decision and that the RSS had nothing to do with it.

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