BJP leader Mahesh Jethmalani on Monday resigned from its National Executive saying he would not continue in the party’s highest decision-making body as long as party chief Nitin Gadkari was in command. His resignation came as a surprise as it was Gadkari who appointed him as a member of the National Executive.
“I deem it morally and intellectually inappropriate to continue to serve on the party’s National Executive Committee as long as you are the President of the BJP. I hereby tender my resignation from the same,” Mahesh Jethmalani said in his brief letter to Nitin Gadkari.
Speaking to Express, Mahesh Jethmalani said his conscience is very clear and he no longer wanted to continue in the National Executive after the recent developments. “As far as I’m concerned, I have done whatever is right and feeling relieved now. I’m still a member of the party and will serve it in that capacity,” Mahesh Jethmalani said.
Commenting on Jethmalani’s resignation letter, BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “I have not seen the letter and do not know about its contents. But BJP is perhaps the largest party in terms of number of members and if every member takes such a letter to the media it would cause much damage to the party. This is not in the interest of the party.”
Rudy also said that the BJP chief has already submitted himself to an enquiry but the probe is being conducted by the Congress government, which is hostile, and would not be pleased to give him a clean chit.