Gadkari snubs Sushma: Will take PM reply on CVC fiasco to people

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 10 2011, 06:38am hrs
With Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley speaking in different voices on the Prime Minister owning responsibility for the mess over the appointment of P J Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday snubbed Swaraj when he said the issue was not over for the party and it would continue to target the Prime Minister.

Days after Swaraj called a truce with the Prime Minister she appreciated his statement owning responsibility for the appointment of Thomas and sought to let matters rest Gadkari made it clear that the BJP was not satisfied with Manmohan Singhs explanation.

The CVC issue is not over. We are not satisfied... We will take the issue to the peoples court now. We will take the Prime Ministers reply to the people, Gadkari said. Asked whether this was the party line, he said: I am the president of the party and I am saying this. He claimed there were no differences between Jaitley and Swaraj on the matter.

Gadkari made the remarks while announcing BJP plans to launch a campaign against the UPA government over corruption, price rise and black money. He said the CVC issue would be part of the campaign.

The bickering within the party many in the party feel it is a reflection of the power struggle at the top was visible in Parliament. In Lok Sabha, the BJP accepted Singhs statement, but expressed dissatisfaction in Rajya Sabha. Gadkari said the Prime Minister tried to blame the then Minister of State in the PMO who in turn had suggested that the Kerala government was responsible for not red-flagging Thomas.

He said Singhs explanation was not going to cut ice with people. He suggested that outside forces had a role in the appointment of Thomas. There was some political influence... influence by some outside forces, Gadkari claimed. The UPA government has lost credibility because of the way it is functioning, the Prime Minister has lost the trust, he said.