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RSS ideologue Vaidya blames Modi for 'campaign' against Gadkari

Vaidya said the blog post is his opinion and because Jethmalani has combined two things demanding Gadkari's resignation and making Narendra Modi as PM, he thinks the needle of suspicion points towards Gujarat

 
Nagpur: MG Vaidya, senior ideologue from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has stoked a major controversy by suggesting that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was behind Ram Jethmalani's demand for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari's resignation, a statement from which RSS distanced itself, reports PTI.
 
BJP also sought to distance itself from Vaidya's remark, saying that no such information has been given to the party.
 
In his blog, Vaidya has said the "needle of suspicion in the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari points to Gujarat BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modi." 
 
He also noted that "Ram Jethmalani had in one breath said he is seeking the resignation of Gadkari and that he also wanted to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister in 2014." 
 
While both LK Advani and Gadkari have publicly stated that they don't have Prime Ministerial ambitions, Vaidya, a former spokesman of RSS, said he "hasn't read anywhere that Narendra Modi has denied reports of his ambition to become the Prime Minister." 
 
Vaidya today stood by his remark, saying, "It is my opinion and because Jethmalani has combined two things demanding Gadkari's resignation and making Narendra Modi as PM, I think that the needle of suspicion goes to Gujarat.
 
"I did not say that, I just said that needle of suspicion goes to Modi and that raises suspicion if Jethmalani is entitled to his own point of view, I am also entitled to my point of view and RSS has nothing to do with it." 
 
However, RSS official spokesperson Ram Madhav said the views expressed in the blog by Vaidya are personal and this is "not the official RSS line." 
 
Reacting to Vaidya's remarks, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said, "No such information has been given to us. We are not reacting at all. Let the inquiry be over, let there be no trial outside, it is not fair. I don't know from where this information came. I don't think that this is view of RSS. I can also tell you".
 
"I am also a RSS swayamsevak, with my own experience of 40 years RSS has not expressed such views, it is not an authorised opinion of RSS. Let me make it very clear. To my knowledge and understanding as a swayamsevak, I also know how RSS functions and as a BJP functionary I don't agree with reported things," Naidu said.
 
Earlier, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani and his son Mahesh had said Gadkari should immediately step down from his post as charges against him with regard to funding of his Purti group were damaging the party.
 
Jethmalani had claimed to have the support of other senior party leaders like Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha.
 

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Telecom spectrum auction gets lukewarm response in initial rounds

At the end of the first round, there were no bidders for Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Kolkata circles, and the auctions has drawn scant interest so far as the base price is much higher than what the companies paid in 2008

 
New Delhi: Telecom spectrum auction in India opened on Monday to a lukewarm response with key circles such as Delhi and Mumbai finding no takers in the initial rounds, reports PTI.
 
There were no applications for pan-India spectrum, the base price for which was set at Rs14,000 crore that the industry said was too high.
 
The Indian government was looking to raise Rs40,000 crore from the auction.
 
At the end of the first round, sources said there were no bidders for Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Kolkata circles.
 
There was some interest for spectrum for Uttar Pradesh (East) circle at the end of second round in the afternoon.
 
India is divided into 22 telecom circles. Companies can bid for circles that remain unsold in the initial rounds.
 
Sources said the auctions has drawn scant interest so far as the base price is much higher than what the companies paid in 2008.
 
The base price of Rs14,000 crore for 5 MHz of GSM radiowaves or spectrum in all the 22 zones is more than seven times what the companies paid in 2008.
 
Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Airtel, the nation's largest telecom company, had last week predicted that the auction would be over on first day itself because of the high base price.
 
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Telenor and Videocon are bidding for GSM, but there are no bidders for the CDMA spectrum after Tata Teleservcies and Videcon pulled out of the race.
 
The auction will continue till 1930 hours.
 

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