Reacting strongly against Vaidya's statement, Gadkari said, "The BJP completely rejects such insinuation as it is totally unfounded. All central leaders of the party and its Chief Ministers have been working cohesively and unitedly for the cause of the party."
Vaidya, in his blog, wrote that the Gujarat Chief Minister might have led the anti-Gadkari campaign.
"Ram Jethmalani in one breath said he is seeking the resignation of Gadkari and that he also wanted to see Narendra Modi as PM in 2014," reads Vaidya's blog.
Hence, Vaidya suspected that Modi could be behind the anti-Gadkari campaign. "I only said that the needle of suspicion points towards Modi. Narendra Modi might have felt that Gadkari as the BJP president will hamper his chances of becoming the Prime Minster," added Vaidya in his blog.