Manmohan Singh government was once again the target of BJP President Nitin Gadkari's diatribe. Gadkari accused the Congress-led UPA government of adopting "double standards" regarding corruption, especially in the 2G spectrum case.
"While on one hand the UPA government was making tall promises about taking a decisive action against corruption, on the other hand it was deliberately trying to bail out Union home minister and then finance minister P Chidambaram who is equally responsible, like his former cabinet colleague A Raja in the 2G spectrum case," Gadkari said.
Gadkari, who is in Nagpur (his hometown) for Diwali celebrations, demanded that Chidambaram should be booked immediately and that the government should apply the same yardsticks to Chidambaram as it did to Raja and Kanimozhi.
Training guns at Chidambaram, Gadkari called for a probe into the minister's role on the issue. The BJP has been demanding Chidambaram's resignation alleging that the Congress was as much to be blamed as its ally, the DMK, for the 2G spectrum scam.
"It seems that the Congress was framing charges against its allies in this regard. The probe left out some key Congress leaders, like Chidambaram," he pointed out.
Reacting on the Congress leader Digvijay Singh's attack on spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over his alleged plans to launch a campaign against corruption, Gadkari said that Singh should not be taken seriously.
"He is not a normal person and he needs counseling," he quipped.
On the ensuing UP elections, he claimed that the party would improve its tally this time. The saffron party has mustered all the resources to garner as many seats as possible in the coming elections. "The BJP will not forge electoral alliance with any party in the state this time and may win over 200 seats," he claimed.
The UP state election in-charge of BJP Uma Bharati was in Nagpur yesterday and reportedly appraised Gadkari of the UP poll scenario. To a question, the BJP chief reiterated that he would contest the next Lok Sabha elections.
If Gadkari contests the Lok Sabha elections, it would be the first time he would contest a direct election. He has been representing the state legislative council from the graduates constituency of Nagpur region since 1989. The reason he decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections was to bust the myth that he lacked the ability to get elected from either state assembly or Lok Sabha.
"I have expressed my desire to contest Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur. However, the party workers from the neighbouring Bhandara district had approached me to contest from there which is now being represented by Union minister for heavy industries Praful Patel. The district unit has also adopted a unanimous resolution in this regard. Similar move was initiated by Wardha unit of BJP. Wardha Lok Sabha is being represented by Datta Meghe of Congress. But I am interested in Nagpur Lok Sabha seat," he informed.