Top BJP leaders in Maharashtra said, “The denial of a second term to Gadkari was handiwork of senior RSS leader Suresh Soni, who did not adequately consult Mohan Bhagwat.”
It is learnt party leaders are in a huddle in Mumbai since morning to iron out differences.
There is simmering discontent in RSS and a suitable replacement for Soni is being sought to send across a strong message to the cadre that the RSS chief is the final authority. However, sources said, Soni did hold talks with RSS general secretary Bhaiya Joshi.
“Bhagwat had given his final approval to Gadkari. If they wanted to change the decision, they should have deferred presidential elections by a month,” state leaders said.
Nobody in BJP is willing to come on record, but core committee discussions raised serious concern about the increasing differences in RSS.
A senior state BJP and RSS leader said, “The state unit is not worried about Gadkari. We have no problem accepting Rajnath Singh as party president. What has unsettled the cadre is the episode exposed differences within RSS.”
The Nagpur headquartered RSS has always taken pride in its organisational abilities and clarity in decision-making. The wish of the RSS chief is command for the cadre. The state BJP unit, which was confident of Gadkari, was taken aback by the eleventh-hour change.
When the decision to drop Gadkari was conveyed, Bhagwat was in Panvel. The development at the Centre was Soni holding talks with Joshi.
Those in BJP who demanded the party president decision be deferred to facilitate more consultations were ignored by the central leadership.
RSS leaders hurt by the defiance of Bhagwat by the second rung want Soni replaced. Officially, RSS is underplaying the episode. It is trying to project the developments as an internal matter of BJP.
Vaidya wrote on his blog, “It was a section of BJP that plotted to deny Gadkari a second term as party president.
“When BJP amended party constitution to allow a second term to Gadkari, a section did not like the decision. They did not openly oppose but started working against Gadkari.”
It was absolutely right decision to replace Gadakari to avoid adverse publicty that would have affected image of BJP on the eve of several state elections and also general election. RSS is a great social organisation and is supporting BJP.but thease oldies headind RSS should be practial to understand hard realities of elections and should not bring their ego while dealing with BJP which is trying hard to build its image as democratic party as compared whith other parties which are run by families. Please do not interfere but help BJP to build true democratic and inclusive party. country badly need one
As usual, IE has tried to defame the RSS. But all those readers, who knows the functioning of RSS know that this news is a fabricated news, another attempt by an anti-national newspaper and its correspondant to pollute the atmosphere. Everyone knows very well that Sonia/MMS and their congress is down and out. These attempt by various paid newspapers would continue till the next parliament election in the hope that they can put BJP also in bad light. Readers need to remember - Do not blindly believe whatever it says about anti-congress forces.
I am in fully agreement with Mr. Arya. All Indian News Papers are owned by business houses. It is obvious they will not go against the government & will not displease them.One as to think twice before arriving at any conclusion whatsoever.