Gadkari seeks ‘larger’ role

New Delhi :  BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, armed with a testimonial from Maharashtra’s Income Tax department, which states that there is no enquiry presently pending against him, met party president Rajnath Singh and senior leader LK Advani in Delhi on Tuesday. According to electronic media sources, Gadkari is keen on his political rehabilitation now that the hurly-burly of the campaign is over. However, his reinstatement as party president may be out of the question with Rajnath determined to stay at the helm of the party. Rajnath had also indicated in a recent interview that he would not like to be part of the Narendra Modi government.

Gadkari had also met Modi in Ahmedabad on Monday evening. Gadkari’s meeting with Advani is also significant as the latter had successfully thwarted Gadkari’s attempts to be re-nominated as BJP president after his term ended, arguing that the charges of corruption against him would hurt the party’s prospects in the general elections.

Gadkari is essentially RSS’ points-man in the BJP. However, he has remained at the periphery of the decision making after Rajnath took over and has largely acted as an RSS ‘courier.’ His attempts, in this capacity, to reach out to MNS chief Raj Thackeray had clearly backfired and caused his party much embarrassment in the run-up to the polls and strained its relations with all Shiv Sena.

BJP sources, however, denied that Gadkari is eyeing Rajnath’s chair, in case the latter is inducted in the government.

Referring to his recent meetings with party seniors, sources said that since the NDA was tipped to form the government, party leaders were meeting to strategise over the likely scenarios that were to emerge on May 16.

Gandkari has aalso denied that he is eyeing Rajnath’s chair.

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