Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Thread That Holds

Why the RSS’s Maharashtrian Brahmin club will stand by Gadkari

A Thread That Holds
A Thread That Holds Fotocorp (From Outlook 26 November 2012)

L’affaire Gadkari

How the BJP chief got caught in the crosshairs

  • October 17: Ram Jethmalani writes to Nitin Gadkari; wants Narendra Modi to be BJP’s PM candidate; says Mohan Bhagwat agrees with him
  • October 21: Modi flies to Nagpur during Gujarat poll campaign, meets Bhagwat with RSS general secretary Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi and Suresh Soni
  • November 4: At national executive in Chennai, RSS backs Gadkari as TV media coverage of his business wheeling-dealing reaches a crescendo
  • November 5: Jethmalani’s son, Mahesh, resigns from BJP national executive, says it would be  wrong to serve with Gadkari at the helm
  • November 7: BJP backs Gadkari after RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy gives ‘clean chit’ to Gadkari’s business dealings
  • November 11: On his Marathi blog, RSS ideologue M.G. Vaidya joins the dots, says Narendra Modi may be behind campaign against Gadkari
  • November 13: Gurumurthy clarifies on his ‘clean chit’ to Gadkari, deletes tweets after TV “misinterprets” them, and writes to Gadkari