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Controversial leader set for comeback

india Updated: Feb 18, 2010 23:59 IST
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times
BJP

New BJP president Nitin Gadkari is likely to induct controversial former party general secretary Sanjay Joshi into his new organisational team.

Sanjay Joshi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s blue-eyed boy, was dropped unceremoniously from his party post after his name figured in a sex scandal in December 2005.

Joshi, who hails from Nagpur, joined the RSS in the mid-70s — like Gadkari — and was later sent to Gujarat as a pracharak or propagandist.

Known for his organisational skills, Joshi quit as BJP general secretary after some CDs portraying him in a bad light surfaced in the media.

“Gadkari, who is still a novice in national politics and in Delhi, will get a helping hand if Joshi is inducted into the new team. Moreover, Joshi is a close friend and trusted colleague, who knows each and every important district party leader in the country,” a Gadkari aide said.

Others set to find a place in the team include relatively young leaders such as former Goa CM Manohar Parikkar, party spokespersons Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shahnawaz Hussain and Lok Sabha member from Chhattisgarh Saroj Pande.

The new team is likely to be announced by mid-March, Gadkari told HT. “Performance and public image would be the criteria for the new working committee members,” he said.