Jaitley said his stand was irreversible until Mittal’s appointment was cancelled. He was also backed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who was also upset with the style of Singh’s functioning.
On his part, the BJP chief stuck to his gun, conveying to other leaders that Mittal’s appointment was done as he had played a key role in cementing the alliance with Asom Gana Parishad.
Jaitely objected to Mittal on two grounds — that his background casts a slur on the party’s bid for a clean image and that his appointment was sprung as a surprise – without even L.K. Advani being “merely informed.”