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Gadkari has emerged as new anti-Modi figure in the party
TSI | Issue Dated: August 4, 2013, New Delhi
Tags : Nitin Gadkari | Narendra Modi | 2014 Lok Sabha polls |

With LK Advani facing marginalization, former BJP president, portly Nitin Gadkari, has emerged as the new rallying point for anti-Narendra Modi leaders within the party. Gadkari, who is also close to the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur, can barely stand the Gujarat chief minister.

It was not always like this. On Bhagwat’s insistence, Gadkari was installed as the party chief in Delhi and soon after that, his equation with BJP’s poster boy began to deteriorate. The reason: senior Sangh leader Sanjay Joshi, who was caught in a sex tape scam and thrown out of the party at the insistence of Modi, was reinstated as UP assembly elections in charge soon after Gadkari took over. That got Modi’s goat.

Insiders in the party say that Gadkari’s involvement in the financial scam which cost him his job was executed to perfection at the behest of Delhi leaders close to Modi. At Goa where Modi was anointed party campaign chief, it was Gadkari whose job it was to mollify Advani when he put in his papers protesting Modi’s elevation.

Since then, some leaders who do not like Modi, see in Gadkari as the man who could replace him if things do not go right in 2014. Additionally, Gadkari is the leader closest to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.  

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