| Sushil Kumar Modi. Telegraph picture |
Patna, Nov. 7: Sushil Kumar Modi today iterated his support for Nitin Gadkari’s leadership in the BJP.
Modi said the charges against Gadkari were a conspiracy of the Congress to indulge in mud-slinging against BJP leaders. “The Congress leaders themselves indulge in corruption. The BJP leaders and workers should not be misguided by the conspiracy of the Congress. The BJP will give a strong reply to this conspiracy,” he said, without naming leaders like Ram Jethmalani, Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh who have been seeking Gadkari’s removal.
Yesterday, the Bihar deputy chief minister had named Jethmalani and said the lawyer did not have any influence in the party. Modi, the poster boy of the BJP’s state unit, has been a strong advocate for continuation of the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar.
When chief minister Nitish Kumar spoke about a “secular” prime ministerial candidate for the NDA before the next Lok Sabha polls, it was Gadkari who came out with a statement stressing that the JD(U) was the oldest ally of the BJP and any decision on the candidate would not be taken without consultation with the leaders of the ruling party in the state.
“The Bihar alliance feels comfortable with Gadkari as the BJP chief,” said a senior state BJP leader.