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Congress resorting to smear campaign: Gadkari

mumbai Updated: Nov 01, 2012 01:50 IST
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Denying the accusations of money laundering and corruption levelled against him, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said he was ready to face any probe, but asked why the Congress was reluctant to inquire into Robert Vadra’s dealings.

Gadkari, while addressing party workers outside the domestic airport at Santacruz, said the allegations were aimed at maligning him and the party.

“It is the conspiracy of the Congress party to defame me, but I will not run. I will fight this battle till the logical end,” said Gadkari.

Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has been accused by India Against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal of entering into questionable land deals with a major realty company, DLF.

Gadkari challenged the state government to start an inquiry on his tenure as the public and works department (PWD) minister (1995-1999).

“There is not a single PWD minister till date who has worked like me, and after 12 years I am accused of corruption. Unlike NCP ministers, who inflated project costs, I saved thousands of crores for the state,” he said.

It is being alleged that IRB Group that invested in Purti Group was benefited by government decisions during Gadkari’s tenure as PWD minister.

Gadkari said the conspiracy (against him) had started from the time he took over as the chief of BJP three years ago.

“They tried to implicate me in the murder of a child, but failed. They also tried to defame me in Delhi, but were again unsuccessful,” he said.

Gadkari denied any business links with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and BJP MP Ajay Sancheti and also of having any flats in the Adarsh housing society.

The BJP president told his party cadres that he was not running a commercial business, but a social enterprise.

“The whole effort was to stop farmer suicides in Vidarbha and hence I took several initiatives. I will not indulge in any activity that will shame BJP workers,” he said.