SANGH’S SPIN DOC­TOR The cu­ri­ous case of the Sangh trou­ble-shooter giv­ing a clean chit to Nitin Gad­kari re­veals a greater game at play within the ex­tended Pari­var, re­ports


HE SAYS he has given Nitin Gad­kari a clean chit. Then he says he has not. He set out try­ing to clar­ify the news about Gad­kari’s Purti Group and its shell com­pany in­vestors and ended up be­com­ing the news. Just what is S Gu­ru­murthy, char­tered ac­coun­tant, part-time jour­nal­ist, Swadeshi eco­nom­ics guru and all-pur­pose trou­ble-shooter of the Sangh Pari­var, up to?

Gu­ru­murthy has a long his­tory of in­ves­ti­gat­ing shell com­pa­nies and al­legedly du­bi­ous in­vestors, right back to the time he com­bined forces with Arun Shourie and the late Ram­nath Goenka to take on Re­liance In­dus­tries in the 1980s. When eco­nomic re­forms be­gan, Gu­ru­murthy be­came the chief spokesper­son of In­dian pro­tec­tion­ism. When the NDA came to power, his Swadeshi Ja­gran Manch ( SJM) seemed to be lob­by­ing for spe­cific in­dus­tries rather than the prin­ci­ple of au­tarky.

Once seen as LK Ad­vani’s in­tel­lec­tual foil, Gu­ru­murthy — when he isn’t of­fer­ing am­bigu­ous an­swers about Gad­kari — has now also emerged as Naren­dra Modi’s Man Fri­day. He was in­stru­men­tal in or­gan­is­ing the de­fence of Gu­jarat’s for­mer home min­is­ter Amit Shah in le­gal cases re­lated to en­counter killings. When lawyer Ram Jeth­malani ar­gued on Shah’s be­half in court, Gu­ru­murthy was seated right be­hind him, pass­ing on notes. To­day, they find them­selves on dif­fer­ent sides in the bat­tle for Gad­kari’s fu­ture.

Or do they? Just who is bat­ting for

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