New Delhi: BJP on Friday made light of
allegations that its president Nitin Gadkari had used a
helicopter belonging to 2G scam accused Shahid Balwa, saying
none of its leaders travelled with the Managing Director of DB
Asked if the allegation against Gadkari was true, BJP
spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad shot back, "None of our
leaders had gone with Balwaji."
He argued that during elections and party programmes
BJP and all political parties hire helicopters and chartered
planes and checking the antecedents of the owner is not always
"Several planes are hired during elections and at a
short notice. All we want is a good plane," Prasad said.
BJP had alleged yesterday that NCP Chief and union
minister Sharad Pawar had travelled with Balwa in his private
plane. This had led to NCP levelling charges against Gadkari
of having used Balwa`s plane.
The principal opposition has maintained that all bills
for private planes used by its leaders have been paid. Other
than Gadkari, some more BJP leaders had reportedly used
Eon Aviation, owned by Balwa, used to give its planes
for hire to politicians and industrialists, among others.
Balwa is in jail in the Telecom scam as he is the
promoter of Swan Telecom (now DB Etisalat), which is one of
the beneficiaries of the 2G spectrum allocation.