Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said Shri Nitin Gadkari should be given a second chance



Facing stiff resistance from his own party colleagues, the troubled president of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) -- Nitin Gadkari -- has found support from ally Janata Party.



Subramanian Swamy backs Nitin Gadkari, says Congress behind BJP chief's troubles

In an interview to Headlines Today, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said Shri Nitin Gadkari should be given a second chance. He said Gadkari's offer for a fair probe was in sharp contrast to the Congress's opaque defence of Robert Vadra and Rahul Gandhi's alleged wrongdoings.

"Gadkari has asked to hold an inquiry, why is the government not doing it? It is a targeted attack on him," Swamy said defending his BJP counterpart.

"If I were a member of BJP, I would have raised the issue... What should Gadkari quit for and what would it achieve? Is it because they want him out and a more pliable person be brought in his place," he asked.

Swamy said Gadkari did not need to resign. On BJP Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani's demand for Gadkari's resignation, Swamy said he was entitled to his view.

He accused the Congress of cooking up charges against Gadkari. "How can you ask him to quit before an inquiry," he asked.

Attacking Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, Swamy said he should know it was a crime to hold back information. "He (Digvijaya) says he has information on Vajpayee's son-in-law and Advani's family. Is he holding it back so that he can blackmail," Swamy questioned.

Talking about his dispute with the Election Commission, he blamed it for not giving him a hearing. "When I raised the National Herald issue, it was after I had done due diligence. It is easy to doubt and accuse me of double standards... Election Commission should have given me a hearing. They practise double standards," Swamy said.

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