Oct 172012

NEW DELHI: In his latest ‘expose’, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday targeted BJP President Nitin Gadkari by saying that rules were flouted by the opposition leader to acquire farmers’ land in Vidarbha. According to Kejriwal, Gadkari’s varied businesses are flourishing at the cost of farmers.

Stating that Gadkari has a huge business empire, Kejriwal said that the BJP President places his own business interests over those of the farmers. The India Against Corruption (IAC) activist claimed that farmers in Vidarbha were being threatened by Gadkari’s men. Kejriwal went on to say that the water meant for irrigation was being diverted to Gadkari’s firms.

He accused him of corruption in construction of irrigation dams. According to Kejriwal, Gadkari got 100 acres of land from the Maharashtra government. Kejriwal said that Gadkari was illegally favoured by Maharashtra government in allocation of farm land and also alleged quid pro quo with the ruling political party in this land allotment. Kejriwal said that Gadkari was in league with Congress-NCP to get undue personal favours.

“Is BJP the opposition party or the partner of the ruling party,?” Kejriwal questioned. The documents presented as proof allege political ‘quid pro quo.’

He claimed Gadkari had several companies including five power plants, agro-based companies, solar based companies, construction companies, fertilizer, sugar company – Mahatma Sugar company, Prem Gana Sugar company.

“Gadkari is not in politics, he is not a politician. He is using BJP to further his business interests. It is sad that BJP amended its constitution to give a second term to the BJP President,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

The BJP is planning to counter Kejriwal’s allegations against Gadkari at a press conference at 6:30 PM.

There had been a lot of speculation about who would be the person the IAC activist would target. Earlier this month Kejriwal had accused DLF of giving unsecured interest-free loans to Robert Vadra and his companies, using which the latter bought apartments in some premium residential projects built by the company at hefty discounts and also bought into a hotel joint venture. He charged Vadra of profiting to the tune of Rs 500 crore from the DLF dealings and suggested that this was quid pro quo for helping the company.

After coming under criticism from Congress, Kejriwal had releasing documents that purportedly showed deeper links with Robert Vadra and favours from the Haryana government, intensifying the pressure on the country’s biggest real estate group, the Gandhi family and Congress party.

He said DLF had received large favours from the Congress-ruled state government over the years and added that the company’s business links with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra were responsible for the favourable treatment. DLF denied the allegations, saying it had neither sought nor enjoyed any special favours from the Haryana government.


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