BJP downplays Gadkari UN remarks

The BJP on Wednesday downplayed its president Nitin Gadkari's remarks that India should approach the United Nations to expose the brutality by Pakistani forces.

"Nobody has said to approach any body. We have said that efforts should be made to expose Pakistan at any opportunity available to us," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said in response to a query related to the party's position on approaching the UN.

This was an attempt by the party to set its record straight after Gadkari unwittingly stretched the BJP's demand to name and shame Pakistan's act at global fora by demanding government to approach the UN on this issue. "I expect the Government of India to take this up in the UN," Gadkari had said after visiting the family of Lance Naik Hemraj in Mathura on Monday.

Gadkari's remarks, sources said, raised alarm bells with the government wondering whether the BJP had changed its stand against third party involvement in matters related to Pakistan.

PM Manmohan Singh called up Leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Monday after Gadkari's remarks to take them into confidence. Both leaders are learnt to have explained the BJP's position against third party involvement when the NSA came calling to brief them on the developments.

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