Nitin Gadkari clears air on MNS-BJP election tie-up; says Raj Thackeray yet to take final call
Amidst speculation going wild in the political circles about the possible election deal between BJP and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, BJP’s candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency Nitin Gadkari has come out to clear the air. Gadkari has said that MNS chief Raj Thackeray had apprehensions about his opposition in BJP. When Gadkari approached for a prospective poll tie-up that seeks no candidate in fray from MNS in LS polls, Thackeray reportedly turned down the proposal saying Gadkari that party men in BJP are averse to the idea of MNS joining hands with them.
Gadkari was talking to journalists here after inaugurating the SIS Regional Office here. He was reacting to the query about the editorial piece which appeared in the Shiv Sena mouth piece Saamna on March 5, 2014, which flayed Gadkari for meeting MNS chief Raj Thackeray and trying to bail out MNS without the Shiv Sena’s knowledge, The article allegedly described Gadkari as a pucca trader who has cut a profitable deal with the MNS,
However Gadkari clarified that he did meet Raj with a proposal that the MNS should skip Lok Sabha elections so that the Sena-BJP’s prospects improve. However Raj is said not to have formally responded to Gadkari’s proposal, however the pressure is apparently mounting on him to reject it.
When quizzed about his stand on Arvind Kejriwal, he said that once the code of conduct is effective, leader of every party is required to abstain from travelling with a motorcade for public meetings or for political rally. He lambasted Kejriwal saying he neither heeds to Election Commission nor the democracy of this country. He also blamed Kejriwal for acting in whimsical manner.