Gadkari involved in irrigation scam, says Kejriwal

NEW DELHI Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:23pm IST

Nitin Gadkari is seen in New Delhi April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Nitin Gadkari is seen in New Delhi April 9, 2010.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Nitin Gadkari, the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of being involved in an irrigation scam in his home state of Maharashtra.

In a televised press conference, Kejriwal, citing a probe by his India Against Corruption activists, said Gadkari used his influence with the state's ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine and usurped land acquired to build a dam in Vidarbha region.

Congress-NCP has governed Maharashtra since 1999.

The scam runs into hundreds of millions of rupees, said Kejriwal, surrounded by his team members who were all wearing Gandhi caps.

Later, Gadkari appeared unruffled at a press conference as he refuted the claims made by Kejriwal, saying they are baseless and are meant to defame him.

"This is a conspiracy to defame BJP," Gadkari said. "I am ready for any kind of enquiry".

Kejriwal, who has set up an anti-corruption political party, had last week accused DLF of arranging favourable loans and real estate transactions for Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The claims were detailed in a document posted on the group's website. Both Vadra and DLF have refuted the charges.

A political novice, Kejriwal has been hogging headlines for his corruption allegations against high-profile people, including Law Minister Salman Khurshid.

(Reporting by Vipin Das, additional reporting by Anuja Jaiman; editing by Tony Tharakan)

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ayogyan wrote:
First Mr. Kurshid and now Gadkari,

Interestingly enough we have had our Law minister who “can replace ink with blood” and now lets see what the next political honcho has to offer which actually leads me to the crux of my writing – Mr. Kejriwal – we must thank you for your big bang approach into corruption and the trigger happy manner in which you are spraying allegations all over. Love it since it has unsettled many a politician.

Today, a mere Indian like myself find it extremely tough to save even a lakh of Rupees which seems to be a small amount by standards of many a politician whose asset list increases drastically, more than the number of times an ordinary politician lies. How does that happen.

I would actually take a Kejriwal approach and request some authority / any other person who is reading this to let me know how to make / save the same kind of money that an average MP does and given that I probably earn at least 3 times the salary officially paid to each of them, I would love to grow that way.

This takes me to the moot point – why do we not investigate each politician since aka Kejriwal, as a citizen I do believe that each politician is corrupt including the name I mentioned. Corrupt also inclusive of abusing the power one has been given.
Does one have to be a Kejriwal for things to be heard is a different question but it definitely will be great to have EACH POLITICIAN show us the trend of INCREASE OF WEALTH in the time they were in power.

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