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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chennai, November 02, 2012
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Friday continued to back BJP president Nitin Gadkari but said it was for the Congress and the BJP to explain allegations and charges of corruption being leveled by India Against Corruption (IAC) activists. The RSS, which began its three-day national council meeting on Friday morning at a venue on the outskirts of Chennai city and for the first time in Tamil Nadu, questioned as to why Gadkari was being singled out in land deals when hundreds of other people were also allegedly involved.

Briefing the mediapersons on the deliberations so far, RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale, said the issue of corruption was also on the mind of the participants who came from all across India. Some 350 members have congregated for the three-day national council meeting in Chennai.

However, Hosabale said the RSS did not support corruption or the corrupt and said it was for the individuals and parties to come clean on the allegations being made.

“Kejriwal has come out with some proof and it is for the Congress and the BJP to answer the allegations,” he said.

“If there is any allegation against anybody, the due process of law should take place and those who are found guilty to be punished according to the law,” he said.

When asked if the RSS would take some action as Nitin Gadkari was also a RSS member, he skirted the issue and said that being an RSS family members he meets RSS leaders and RSS leaders meet him.

"We also discuss the issue of corruption but not individual cases," the RSS leader said and asked as to why Gadkari was being singled out in land acquisition.

“There are 100 others also. We are not going to discuss case wise or person wise,” he said but added that if anyone, be it a Congress person or a BJP person, they would have to undergo the due process of law.

“We don’t have different yardsticks,” he said. 

When asked as to why Yeddyurappa had to go but Gadkari was getting the support of the BJP, the senior RSS leader said it was a BJP decision and RSS had nothing to do with it.

“We cant interference in BJP’s decision as to who should occupy a chair or quit. The BJP national leadership took a decision in the case of Yeddyurappa since there were Lokayukta charges against him," he said.

"In the case of Gadkari, allegations have come out in the media and there ought to be an inquiry. If there is a similar inquiry, depending on its outcome the BJP would have to take a call on Gadkari and not the RSS, he clarified in response to a series of questions, he also added.

On the political situation of the country, Hosabale said there was a discernible feeling among the people across the country for a change. “The sooner the better,” he said.