New Delhi: Ex-BJP leader Sanjay Joshi, who recently quit the party allegedly under pressure from Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is reportedly being wooed by the Nationalist Congress Party.
The NCP had put up posters welcoming the leader in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The move comes ahead of the upcoming polls in the state.
t was a day of high drama in the BJP on Friday with cracks getting deeper and Narendra Modi having his way as his biggest critic Sanjay Joshi wrote to party president Nitin Gadkari, asking him to be relieved from the party post as there was tremendous pressure from the Gujarat Chief Minister.
Following this, the BJP president accepted his resignation.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar confirmed that Joshi had quit from the party and that Gadkari has accepted his resignation. "Sanjay Joshi has requested Nitin Gadkari to relieve him from the party. His request has been accepted," Prakash Javadekar said on Friday. The BJP, however, remained silent on the reasons for his resignation.
Reacting to Joshi's resignation from the party post, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi denied any rift in the party and said Joshi wasn't asked to quit. "Sanjay Joshi was never asked to resign, he might have given the resignation on his own. People join a political party, leave and then join back. These things do happen in political parties. This is normal in democracy," Lekhi said.
A vociferous Modi detractor, Joshi's resignation was the price the Gujarat Chief Minister extracted from BJP President Nitin Gadkari to attend a party meet in Mumbai.
Both the BJP and RSS have been divided on the manner in which Joshi had to resign from the National Executive as Modi put this as a condition for him to attend the Mumbai conclave.
Since then, the BJP and RSS mouthpieces have written for or against the two leaders. While BJP mouthpiece Kamal Sandesh and RSS mouthpiece Panchajanya hit out at Modi, another RSS mouthpiece Organiser spoke in Modi's favour.
The matter did not end there as posters appeared in Ahmedabad and at the BJP headquarters here batting for Joshi and attacking Modi.
Joshi is now likely to work as an RSS worker and give up the responsibilities entrusted to him by the BJP, sources said. He will likely be rehabilitated as the general secretary of the Bharatiya Itihaas Parishad.
Joshi was handling the BJP's election programme for the forthcoming local bodies polls in Uttar Pradesh. Modi had been upset with Gadkari after he had reinstated Joshi in the party and made him the in-charge of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Joshi had to quit his post in 2005 after his purported sex CD hit headlines.