As BJP President Nitin Gadkari is facing corruption charges against him, many of his party members are not happy that he is still holding the top post. Senior BJP leader and advocate Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday, Oct 23 had asked Gadkari to quit from the post of BJP President.
Jethmalani said that fresh allegations against Gadkari in the Maharashtra land scam will compromise the BJP's campaign against corruption. The BJP MP said that Gadkari should not be given the second term as the BJP president as there are serious allegations of corruption against him.
However, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi defended Gadkari, saying "Whatever allegations are there, we've given clarification several times. We can give it again if needed. There is no embarrassment of any sorts to the party."
Earlier Arvind Kejriwal and other members of India Against Corruption (IAC) alleged that Gadkari was involved in huge land scam in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, more questions have been raised over Gadkari's business interests after new details surfaced saying that the shell companies have been found to have invested in Gadkari's Purti group. Reports reveal an infrastructure company called IRB gave Purti Ltd a loan of Rs 165 crores, two years after IRB was awarded road contracts by Gadkari when he was the PWD minister.