Gadkari issue continues to roil RSS
According to sources, while Nagpur may have virtually scripted the party’s show of support to Gadkari on Tuesday, it has not been quite as successful in stanching the discomfort within the Sangh over the controversial entrepreneur from Nagpur. The RSS despatched Gadkari to Delhi in December 2009 to monitor and subdue the squalling in the party’s central leadership, well before the Anna mobilisation catapulted the corruption issue to centrestage in 2011. But that is small comfort for an organisation that assiduously courts and advertises an image of above-the-political-fray incorruptibility.
The latest controversy over Gadkari’s businesses, involving serious allegations of ghost investors and shell companies, comes at the top of other episodes in which the RSS machine has tried to project distance from its favourite swayamsevak: the decision to take back tainted BSP leader Babu Singh Kushwaha ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls, for one, or the party support, later withdrawn, to the Rajya Sabha candidature of controversial NRI businessman Anshuman Mishra in Jharkhand.
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