Bharatiya Janata Party chief Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said he was ready for a probe into all allegations against him but why was Robert Vadra, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, not prepared for an inquiry into the charges against him?
“Why is the Congress party not investigating Robert Vadra? I will fight a legal battle and come out clean.”
Reiterating that he had no truck with Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, nor did he have any business relations with BJP MP Ajay Sancheti, Mr. Gadkari rejected India against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal’s accusation that he was involved in the Maharashtra Irrigation scandal.
“Mr. Kejriwal’s allegation that I grabbed farmers’ lands is patently false. These farmers, who I have been accused of cheating, are now sharing the dais with me. I have always worked for the welfare of farmers in Vidarbha,” said he said, speaking to a large group of BJP supporters on his arrival at the Mumbai airport in the morning.
Assailing the Congress, he said the long-pending Gosikhurd project was to have benefited more than three lakh farmers in Vidarbha. “But it has been made out that I have been writing letters to the Centre in order to secure funds to pay off contractors involved in the project. This is totally false and we will give a fitting reply to our detractors,” said Mr. Gadkari, even as Income Tax department officials raided different locations of his Purti group of industries.
Reiterating that the allegations levelled against him were attempts by the media in collusion with the Congress to tarnish his image, Mr. Gadkari said though his name was dragged into the Adarsh controversy, the Maharashtra government found nothing incriminating against him.