Allegations against Gadkari Congress-inspired conspiracy: BJP

BJP alleged that this was a Congress strategy to divert attention from the big scams but maintained the people would not be "fooled" by such tactics.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 21:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Dismissing allegations of BJP
President Nitin Gadkari`s close associates benefitting from
the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the party charged that
this was a "Congress-inspired" conspiracy and offered full
cooperation to a thorough probe into the matter.

"We think there is a clear, Congress-inspired plant in
the way in which President of the BJP, Nitin Gadkari is being
repeatedly attacked by spokesperson of the Congress and its
other leaders," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She alleged that this was a Congress strategy to divert
attention from the big scams but maintained the people would
not be "fooled" by such tactics.

"Throwing false allegations and diverting the attention
of people from issues related to large scandals have now
become part of Congress strategy so that the people can be
distracted from such heartless scandals that they have done.
Stealing away the land that was given to war widows, can there
be a more heartless scandal than that?" Sitharaman said.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari had alleged that the
driver of Ajay Sancheti, a close associate of Gadkari and a
BJP National Executive member, had got a flat on the
recommendation of Gadkari.

Later, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh
insisted that the antecedents of Gadkari should be checked as
till just a few years back he was not so well-off financially.

BJP insisted that the "story does not end" with the
resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
"It is a heartless crime. And I am sure there are a lot
more skeletons coming out... Repeated and false allegations
are being levelled. We charge Congress and want them to have
investigation done in each allegation against Gadkari,"
Sitharaman said.

She recalled that Gadkari had himself asked for a
thorough probe into the matter as Congress was in power at the
Centre as well as in Maharashtra.

"Certainly there will be complete cooperation from our
side. We assert that every allegation that has come up is
completely baseless... let them prove it," Sitharaman said.

She rubbished arguments that a JPC probe cannot be
ordered into the Adarsh Society scam as it was a state matter.

"Repeatedly, the Congress party has said the Maharashtra
government can take care of it. There is no role for
Parliament or the Central government to deal with it. Let us
not forget that the land belongs to the Defence Ministry. And
Defence as we know is a Union government subject," she said.

BJP would continue to demand a Joint Parliamentary
Committee probe into all allegations of corruption in UPA-II,
she added.

PTI