New Delhi, Oct 28: Nitin Gadkari, who had extended BJP's unstinted support to the Anna movement, has said it will “stay away” if not wanted.
“We are not in the business of getting a photograph clicked wherever there is a crowd. If they want our support, we will support them. If they don't want, we'll stay away,” he told a magazine.
Asked if it hurt when Hazare says that he does not want support from the BJP or the Sangh, Gadkari said “did we go to Anna to ask for something? I reiterate that we will not go anywhere without being invited. We don't want credit for any movement.”
He said BJP does not want to take any advantage from Anna or any other movement. “We will never go anywhere uninvited. We will never do that. I am a very self-respecting worker. Whether it is Anna's movement or Baba Ramdev's, we never go anywhere without being called.”
In a recent letter to AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, Hazare had said that he (Singh) would not have attempted to link him with RSS and BJP if he had known that because of his agitation, six cabinet ministers in the BJP-led coalition in Maharashtra had to resign.
“Though you are aware of this, why you are trying to mislead people? I feel that BJP and Congress while showing differences between them were trying to fool the people. There is not much difference between the two parties,” he had said.
Hazare had said if RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that they were part of the agitation, “then I think it is an attempt by RSS to defame me like the way your party is doing.
Or it may be that both of you (Congress and RSS) have ganged up to defame me.”