There are murmurs of discontent within the rank and file of the RSS over the way RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, pracharak pramukh Manmohan Vaidya and other senior leaders are going ‘out of the way’ to bailout a beleaguered BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
The BJP chief is facing several uncomfortable questions regarding dubious funding for his Purti Power and Sugar Ltd and which has put a question mark over his political propriety.
A seizable number of RSS leaders in Nagpur are unhappy over the way Vaidya described allegations against Gadkari as a "trial by media". When the RSS drew criticism for supporting Gadkari, general secretary (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi helplessly tried to distance RSS from Gadkari controversy, calling it as a BJP issue. Joshi’s stand too didn’t go down well with a section of RSS workers.
Even the way Bhagwat rooted for Gadkari, propelling his blue-eyed boy from state-level politics to play the role of BJP national president and his subsequent attempt to re-nominate him to the post after amending BJP constitution, did not enthuse many within the Sangh.
With RSS being viewed as backing Gadkari, some Sangh workers feel, it has cut a sorry figure after the BJP chief was confronted with allegations of ‘dubious’ financial deals.
A senior RSS leader, who preferred anonymity, said that the joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale and another senior leader Suresh Soni had reportedly expressed their displeasure over the issue and advised to the RSS bosses against getting involved in the controversy.
In a meeting with Gadkari at Nagpur last week, Soni reportedly told the BJP chief to come clean if he desires to continue or wants to be re-nominated to the post in Bhagwat’s presence, a RSS leader claimed.
But a powerful group within the RSS still tries to protect Gadkari, thanks to the Bhagwat’s ‘blind’ support. This was more visible when the former RSS bouddhik pramukh MG Vaidya, father of pracharak pramukh Manmohan Vaidya, questioned the speedy probe initiated by the corporate affairs ministry against Gadkari investor firms. "Why such fast step not taken against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s real-estate dealings?" he asked in his blog recently.
Vaidya even lashed out at the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh for writing to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to initiate a probe against Gadkari. "Why did Digvijay not write such a letter to the Prime Minister regarding 2G spectrum scam, Robert Vadra episode or Coalgate?"
An expert in RSS affairs here said that the new leadership had made it such a mess that the organization was thrown 30 years back. "Why they (RSS) should bother about the BJP and its leaders. If they involve in wrong doings, they have to face the music. Why the RSS should stake its prestige and power to protect such people," he pointed out.