In mounting dissidence, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha today joined Ram
Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha in demanding the resignation of party President
Nitin Gadkari facing allegations of corruption.
"The issue raised by them (Jethmalani and Yashwant Sinha) should be looked at
seriously," Shatrughan Sinha, BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, told
reporters here in replying to a question whether he agreed with the other two
BJP leaders' demand for Gadkari's resignation.
The actor-turned-BJP leader said "he (Gadkari) is a friend but a person
occupying a responsibile post should not only be honest but should also be seen
Jethmalani, while demanding Gadkari's resignation, had claimed some other BJP
leaders were with him on the demand for Gadkari's exit as party chief.
The campaign for the resignation of beleagured Gadkari had recently got fresh
ammunition with Yashwant Sinha demanding that he step down immediately. Earlier,
Jethmalani and his son Mahesh had made the demand in the wake of reports of
alleged dubious financing of Purti Sugar and Power Group, which was promoted by
Praising Yashwant Sinha and Ram Jethmalani, Shatrughan Sinha said they are
capable persons and have all the qualification to become Prime Minister of the
country. "But among the present leaders in BJP, L K Advani is the best candidate
for the PM's post."
Shatrughan Sinha endorsed Jethmalani's views on the appointment of Ranjit Sinha,
a Bihar cadre IPS officer, as CBI Director.
"An important organisation like CBI cannot be kept headless ... The appointment
of its new director has been done in a fair manner," he told PTI.
Ranjit Sinha is the senior most IPS officer and a "competent" officer to occupy
the responsible post of CBI Director, he added.
Jethmalani flayed BJP during the day for criticising the appointment of new CBI
Director and had said the government's decision has averted a national
Leaders of the Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had
written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that the decision on the
appointment of Ranjit Sinha be kept in abeyance.
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