strongNew Delhi:/strong Nitin Gadkari has done it again. But this time around he has hit the core of the ideological family that he represents, the Sangh Parivar and the party that he heads as its president, the BJP. His rather bizarre equation of Swami Vivekananda's intelligence quotient (IQ) level with fugitive underworld don Dawoood Ibrahim, whose name figures on top of India's most wanted has surprised and shocked even his supporters in the party.
Gadkari could not have chosen a worse time to proclaim himself as psycho-analyst who has laid his hands on the non-existent IQ test results of an all time revered Sanyasi and Pakistan-based don. In any case, he is under tremendous pressure to save two things that would matter to him most at the politically young age of 55 -- his personal credentials and his second term in office as party president. He is currently under investigation by various central government agencies for alleged wrongful deals for his business venture, Purti Group.
If those headlines were fading out a bit and the party leadership under pressure from the RSS was working hard to be seen to be supportive of him and blaming it on government machinations and agenda reporting by a section of media, then his latest headline grabbing Swami Vivekananda-Dawood Ibrahim statement has raised fresh questions. Unfortunately, for him these statements will allow all those around him to relate to his own intelligence quotient.
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