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‘Yashwant, Jaswant also want Gadkari to quit’
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Senior BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Shatrughan Sinha were with him in wanting party president Nitin Gadkari to step down over his alleged involvement in questionable business deals and other issues, lawyer MP Ram Jethmalani said here Tuesday.
Jethmalani, whose son Mahesh Jethmalani Monday quit the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national executive, said he was in touch with Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha on the issue and they were all of the same view.
"I hope they will also take the same step. We are unanimous in our views and I have no doubt about it. They have not expressed them publicly and I hope they will express soon," the Rajya Sabha MP said.
"We four are of clear view that a resignation of Gadkari is necessary," he said.
He said he fully backed his son Mahesh Jethmalani’s decision after Gadkari compared Swami Vivekananda’s IQ to that of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
"I fully approve of the action of my son after this Vivekananda episode. I think we don’t need to be associated with the party which he (Gadkari) is leading… nothing against him personally," said Jethmalani.
"Moreover, philosophy of resigning corresponds to life of public servants who are government servants. If an inquiry is on against a public servant, usually he is suspended; and if cleared, he comes back with renewed honour and that is exactly how Gadkari should behave," he told reporters.