This, however, is also a sign that the party is aware that the charges can be damaging at a time when it was going hammer and tongs to corner the Congress on graft.
Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who interacted with the media in Chandigarh on Saturday, told HT: "The party has taken note of his offer to volunteer for a probe and stands by him. He has agreed to be probed despite being aware of a hostile government and central agencies."
However, a section of the party sees the allegations as damaging and was also unhappy about Gadkari campaigning in Himachal Pradesh and blunting the BJP's charge against the Congress over allegations against Virbhadra Singh.
The RSS continued to back Gadkari on Saturday, with party Sarkaryavaha Bhaiyyaji Joshi saying in Patna there was no need for anyone to quit only on the basis of allegations. However, he added that it was an internal matter of the BJP, nuancing the Sangh's backing in a way that keeps the organisation clear of the charges.
'Gadkari's stay will help Cong'Gadkari's continuance as BJP president will help in exposing the main opposition party's "corrupt face" in the public, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said on Saturday. Singh sought to downplay pre-poll surveys predicting victory for BJP in Gujarat, saying they are incorrect and Congress is contesting the assembly election due in December with an aim to secure a win.