Gadkari says he had no biz relations with Radia

Nitin Gadkari demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take moral responsibility for failing to prevent the 2G spectrum and other scams and resign.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2010, 16:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Dismissing allegations that he had business relations with controversial corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari on Saturday claimed that the Congress was behind these as it wants to divert attention from the 2G spectrum scam.

Gadkari also demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take moral responsibility for failing to prevent the 2G spectrum and other scams and resign.

"The Prime Minister is morally responsible as under his leadership so many scams are taking place...There are several instances where the PM could have prevented it but he
has not been successful in doing so. He should take moral responsibility and resign in the interest of the country," Gadkari told reporters here.

Strongly denying charges that he had any business relationship with Radia, Gadkari said: "This is cent percent lie. I have not even seen Nira Radia face-to-face. She has
never called me, neither have I called her. And there is no issue of meeting her or helping her."

Countering charges of having favoured Radia in a helicopter deal in Maharashtra, Gadkari said the Congress was behind these allegations as it wanted to divert attention from itself.

"The image of the Congress is getting tarnished day by day. So they have abandoned their wisdom and patience. And due to this they are sinking. So they are abusing others to
besmirch their name. This is unfortunate for democracy," he said.

Gadkari insisted that all charges made against LK Advani and him are "baseless" and challenged that if Rao Dheeraj Singh had the courage, he should bring out all the
facts.

He was responding to charges levelled by Rao Dheeraj Singh, a former associate of Radia, that levelled allegations against senior Advani, Gadkari and general secretary Ananth Kumar of favouring the corporate lobbyist.

"I feel Congress should clear its name which is getting tarnished in the wake of new facts coming to light about Commonwealth Games and 2G Spectrum scam. They cannot
clear their name by accusing others," he said.

"When the time comes we will even take legal action against them. He (Rao Dheeraj Singh) is a criminal. He has been in jail. There are several cases against him."

Asked if BJP felt the PMO had given permission to the Commonwealth Games projects and the 2G Spectrum allocation, the BJP president answered in the affirmative.

"It is clearly visible. The letter which A Raja has written to the Prime Minister on 2G spectrum, in that he has clearly said that he has taken action after consulting and
seeking his permission," Gadkari said.

"Why has the Prime Minister accepted (then telecom minister Dayanidhi) Maran`s suggestion in a letter that in terms of reference of the GOM, the issue of prices (of
Spectrum) should not be discussed?" Gadkari asked.

He alleged that on Commonwealth Games, permission for every project was given by the Group of Ministers, Expenditure Finance Committee, Cabinet sub-committee, the Cabinet and PMO and just one person (Suresh Kalmadi) cannot be held
responsible.

PTI