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‘A leader’ asked me to topple UPA: Nitin Gadkari

Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari has claimed that a "senior leader" had approached him to topple the Congress-led UPA-II government at the Centre. HT reports.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2013 02:05 IST
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Hindustan Times

Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari put his party in an uneasy situation by claiming that a senior leader had asked for his help to pull down the UPA government.

On Thursday, Gadkari announced this at a function in Nagpur, adding, “Main mard ka baccha hun, jo karta hun saamne se karunga (I am a man of principle. Whatever I do, I do publicly). No backstabbing.”

The businessman-cum-politician, who surprised political observers by rising to the highest office in his party in December 2009, however, refused to give any hint on who was the “senior leader” and when he was approached.

Clueless about the identity of the “senior leader” and what he offered to the party chief for toppling the government, the BJP on Friday sought to steer clear of the claim — but did not dismiss it outright.

“Gadkari alone will speak on this issue if he wants to say something. The BJP has nothing to say and doesn't see this as meriting a reaction,” party spokesperson Captain Abhimanyu said.

A close aide, however, said neither did Gadkari want to say anything more on the subject.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, “Gadkari is no longer the BJP president. If he makes such allegations, he should disclose the name, otherwise nobody will believe him.”

First Published: Apr 12, 2013 16:47 IST