Go now, Yashwant tells his party chief Gadkari

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He said he had been "greatly saddened" by the events over the last few weeks. "We have also deeply disappointed those who were looking towards us to fight the mindboggling corruption of the Congress party. Whether our party president is guilty or not is not the issue today. The issue is that all of us in public life should be beyond reproach. We have no right to let down the people of India...this is what we have done by taking the easy way out through a questionable method of self-certification," he said in an apparent reference to the clean chit given to Gadkari by RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy.

"I seek nothing for myself... I have nothing left to prove in my life...But I want that each member of the BJP should be able to hold his head high as we have always done...our credentials must not be questioned in this fight against corruption," Sinha said.

"I call upon Shri Nitin Gadkari, with all the humility at my command, to immediately step down from the post of party president. I would also like to put this question to the workers of the party and people at large. If I am wrong, please tell me so. If I am right, please support me in whatever way you can," he said.

Sinha said the highest standard of conduct set by leaders such as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Atal Behari Vajpayee and L K Advani must be followed at all costs. "The nation is in peril, our democracy is threatened and our future is far from perfect. The BJP must rise to the occasion and save the country," he said.

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