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Nitin Gadkari vs Arvind Kejriwal: Is there a conspiracy of silence?


Sumit Pande,CNN-IBN
Oct 23, 2012 at 09:32am IST

New Delhi: IAC member and anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal's corruption allegations against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, BJP President Nitin Gadkari and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar have resulted in what many are calling the conspiracy of silence.

Despite fresh allegations over the source of funding for Gadkari's firm, no politician is raising his voice against the BJP President. Is there a conspiracy of silence between parties on corruption now? Are the BJP and the Congress going soft on each other to save their own skins?

After Kejriwal's allegations against Gadkari, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, "The whole party and its cadre is behind Nitin Gadkari." The party rallied around its beleaguered president within minutes after India Against Corruption levelled a slew of corruption allegations against Gadkari. However, with IAC's Mumbai activists Mihir Gandhi and Anajani Damania under media scrutiny, Gadkari has got the breather.

Not only the BJP, the RSS top brass has stood by the Nagpur boy in this hour of crisis. With top sangh leaders camping in Delhi last week just after the IAC presser and to evolve consensus for another term for Gadkari which looks almost certain now. The allegations against Gadkari, the RSS feels have not been politically damaging. Especially with leaders from both the Opposition and the NDA coming to Gadkari's rescue.

Even the main Opposition, the Congress grappling with multiple and continues assault from IAC is playing safe and has so far resisted taking up issues raised by Kejriwal. As for Gadkari, with RSS by his side he seems all set to don the mantle of presidentship once again and be at the helm of party affairs when next Lok Sabha elections are held.

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