'Vaidya's remark on Modi his personal opinion': Venkaiah Naidu

Chennai/Hazaribagh, Nov. 12 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that M.G. Vaidya's remark that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against party chief Nitin Gadkari was his personal opinion and not the official stand of the RSS.

"That is his idea, I said it's wrong. I said it with all authority, I am saying it's wrong. I don't know from where he or anybody got this information. I don't think this is the view of the RSS," said Naidu.

"I can also tell you. I am an RSS worker, with my own experience of 40 years, RSS has not expressed any such view. Individuals may express view, that a different matter. It is not an authorised opinion of the RSS," he added.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who was talking to mediapersons in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh city refused to comment on the issue, saying he was not aware of Vaidya's blog.

Vaidya earlier said Modi is designing the dissent within the BJP over whether Gadkari should continue in office.

"The roots of the campaign against Nitin Gadkari have to be in Gujarat because when Ram Jethmalani demanded Gadkari's resignation, he also demanded that Narendra Modi be made the prime ministerial candidate of the party," Vaidya wrote in his blog on Sunday.

"Modi himself seems to have strong prime ministerial ambitions because LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari have already said that they are not in the race for the PM. But Narendra Modi has still not said anything on this issue," he added.

Vaidya said it was important that the BJP appear united and also that "there is no need to deliberate over the PM candidate for 2014 now in 2012."

Vaidya in his blog also wrote: "Ram Jethmalani should not have expressed his displeasure against Nitin Gadkari publicly. Any BJP member or MP can feel that Nitin Gadkari should resign, but they should raise this issue on the party platform." (ANI)