Now, Gurumurthy writes to Gadkari, says no ‘wrongdoing’
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A day after his tweet flip-flop, Sangh ideologue S Gurumurthy today said there was no legal or moral "wrongdoing" by BJP president Nitin Gadkari in Purti Group's funding and accused sections of the media of giving "political colour" to his "professional views". Gurumurthy, who had examined the documents related to Purti Group's investment, wrote a letter to Gadkari in an attempt to clear the air following a controversy over his views.
The BJP, on its part, reiterated its support for its chief. The party's chief spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said Gadkari was a "social entrepreneur" who has worked for the welfare of farmers of Vidarbha in Maharashtra.
Gurumurthy said he wanted to "formally record the oral views" expressed by him at the BJP core committee meeting earlier this month. "At the meeting of the core committee, on my investigation of the Purti documents, I had clearly said that you had not done any wrongdoing, morally or legally," he said in the letter. The BJP's media department released the letter to the media.
"I reiterate that on my investigation I have found... that there is no wrongdoing by you morally or legally in the Purti matter. I had professionally examined the Purti papers and expressed my professional views. But I saw sections of media giving political colour to my professional views," said Gurumurthy, a chartered accountant and financial analyst.
Gurumurthy's letter followed a series of tweets by him yesterday. "I personally feel that no party president should be in business as that always invites problem and creates perception," he tweeted.
As his remarks created a stir today, Gurumurthy took to Twitter again, arguing that he was being misinterpreted. He later deleted the tweets.
Minutes after the party released Gurumurthy's letter to the media, Prasad said Gurumurthy had found there was no bungling in the investments made in Purti Group.
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