“If business ties with Pawar are proved, I am willing to donate my entire property”
Denying business relations with any of the contractors working on dam projects in Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday dismissed Congress allegations against him as “utterly false”.
Mr. Gadkari was alluding to a July 30 letter to Union Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, in which he allegedly asked for release of Rs. 400 crore to contractors hired to complete the Gosikhurd dam project.
“I have demanded money for projects, not for contractors. I will not write one, but five letters to Pawan Kumar Bansal on the Gosikhurd project, as this is an essential project for the suicide-ridden Vidarbha region,” Mr. Gadkari said, speaking to reporters here.
In the same vein, Mr. Gadkari brushed aside accusations that BJP MP Ajay Sancheti, one of the contractors for the project, had received favourable deals on account of his proximity to him. “There is not one, but 300 contractors involved in the construction of the Gosikhurd project. Moreover, the contractors were approved before I became party president.”
In another denial, he threw a challenge: “If my business relations with [Nationalist Congress Party leader] Sharad Pawar are proved, I am willing to donate my property and whatever wealth I have to anyone who can prove such links.”