‘Suicidal Gadkari bent on dragging BJP with him’
Suspended BJP MP Ram Jethmalani has launched a fresh attack against the party leadership, particularly Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, claiming that the party “was on a suicidal path” and that Jaitley was one of the prime movers behind his suspension.
In a letter to party chief Nitin Gadkari, a copy of which is available with Express, Jethmalani alluded to the role played by Jaitley in the CBI director appointment row. “I presume that you have acted on the advice of Arun Jaitley,” he said in his letter to Gadkari.
Jethmalani referred to the controversy over the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as the new CBI director and alluded to the role of Jaitley in the controversy over litigation filed by Sinha’s rival and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. “The litigation instituted by Mr Sinha’s rival is too notorious a fact not to be known to our party leaders,” Jethmalani said. He said that the advocate appearing for rival officer Neeraj Kumar — Kirtiman Singh — has been Jaitley’s junior.
Jethmalani implied that Jaitley had a vested interest in stopping the appointment of Sinha as the CBI director “so that his rival could explore... ways of being considered for the post”.
In an interaction with the media later on Tuesday, Jethmalani said that the action of some of the BJP leaders was actually helping the Congress. In the same vein, he called Jaitley “an agent of the Congress”.
Jethmalani also accused Gadkari of treading “on the path of suicide”.
“I am convinced that you are firmly set on the path of suicide and you are determined to drag the whole party with you,” he wrote in his letter.