POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 26, 2012 AT 22:27 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 26, 2012 22:27 IST

Swapan Dasgupta in the Telegraph: Black sheep in all parties

In defending its president, the BJP appears to have got itself into an almighty jam...

If the logic of Advani’s contrived distinction between business and politics had indeed been pursued, the BJP should have left the defence of Gadkari to the man himself. Since the business dealings of Gadkari were undertaken independent of his party, there was no earthly reason why Sushma Swaraj and Jaitley should have appeared before the cameras to defend him. Most surprising of all was Advani’s intervention on behalf of Gadkari the politician. Popular memory may well be short but BJP workers at least may not have forgotten that last year Advani expended a huge amount of the party’s resources organizing a nationwide yatra against corruption and black money. At that time Advani did not care to make a distinction between unethical business practices and corrupt politics. To him, at that time, both fed on each other. Why should the ground rules be changed for Gadkari?

This is a question that must also be addressed to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh whose chief, Mohan Bhagwat, devoted a large part of his annual Vijaya Dashami address to attacking corruption. ...

For the BJP, the political cost of Gadkari and Vadra being put on par will be more damaging than for the Congress.

POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 26, 2012 AT 22:27 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 26, 2012 22:27 IST
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5/D-59
Oct 30, 2012
01:40 PM

Poor Gadkari got stuck in the middle of cross firing of two main factions of bjp. pro-modi group might seem sensible asking for probe against Gadkari but they are doing that to needle him not to bring probity in public life. Being defended by swaraj and jaitley who belong to the other group points this fact out.

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
4/D-46
Oct 29, 2012
02:57 PM

This Shekhar Gupta and his animosity with the BJP is no secret so lets leave him alone and ignore. He can walk the talk with himself.

Lata
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3/D-53
Oct 27, 2012
04:38 PM

BJP has to decide Takhat or Thahkata ?
Gift of Ruler's Seat or Hanging from the Electorate?

a k ghai
mumbai, India
2/D-51
Oct 27, 2012
04:19 PM

Thanks for the certificate, but unfortunately the same cannot be said about your ilk. I haven't met an honest Congressi or a secular Muslim.

Alakshyendra
Hyderabad, India
1/D-9
Oct 27, 2012
03:21 AM

Swapan Dasgupta seems to be the lone BJP-ite with integrity.

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