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Gadkari wants Kalavati to 'expose' cong

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2011 00:54 IST
Vikas Pathak
Vikas Pathak
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Will Kalawati Bhandurkar — the Vidarbha woman who shot to fame after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made references to her poverty in Parliament in 2009 — pay a visit to Delhi and talk about her continuing plight from the BJP's platform?

Sources close to BJP president Nitin Gadkari confirm this is what he is planning.

"Gadkari plans to bring Kalawati to Delhi and get her to interact with the media to expose the Congress' hypocrisy in using her name and then ignoring her," said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.

Gadkari had pledged R1 lakh for Kalavati. He also recalled at a rally near Nagpur on Monday that Kalavati's daughter Savita committed suicide due to poverty. Her son-in-law, Gadkari said, had committed suicide in 2010 and her husband in 2005.

Sources say Gadkari has already made calls to people, who know her and will try his best to bring her to the capital to "expose" the Congress.

The BJP senses the suicides in Kalavati's family will help sharpen its attacks on the Congress scion.

The party has so far rubbished Gandhi's visits to the huts of Dalits and poor as an eyewash, accusing him of seeking "publicity". The latest tragedy in Kalavati's family has given more teeth to its charge.