Cong’s Digvijay accuses Gadkari of favouring family interests, writes to Modi

  • PTI, Agency, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 01:26 IST
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh alleged that Union minister Nitin Gadkari (pictured) made several decisions that favoured businesses owned by his family. (Reuters File Photo)

Congress leader Digvijay Singh has demanded action against Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, accusing him of taking several decisions which he alleged were “clear cut cases of conflict of interest and favouritism”.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress general secretary alleged that Gadkari took “undue interest” in raising the blending percentage of Ethanol in Petrol from 10 to 22.5.

“Nikhil, son of Gadkari, is listed as a director of Purti Power and Sugar Ltd. Sensing the decision of the government to increase the blending percentage, Purti decided to treble its production from 45 kilo litres to 135 kilo litres per day,” he said.

Besides, he told the PM, that Gadkari “overturned” the ban on electronic rickshaws in the national capital. The Union minister also announced that potential e-rickshaw buyers will get a lone on 3% interest. The director of the Purti Green Technologies which manufactures e-rickshaws is Gadkari’s brother-in-law Rajesh Totade, Singh claimed.

Besides, the Congress leader recalled that he had raised the issue of giving Rs 10,000 crore contract for the Jojhila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on a single bid.

“When I raised the issue on your intervention, the contract was cancelled”.

Singh wanted Modi to take cognizance of all these matters and “take action” against Gadkari.

“I know you will not act because of political compulsions, but still it is my duty to remind you as the self-proclaimed ‘chowkidar’ in the national interest...”, he added.

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