Mumbai: The man who took on Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, activist Arvind Kejriwal, is set to take centrestage again on Wednesday. Kejriwal had threatened to release proof of corruption by BJP President Nitin Gadkari. It now remains to be seen whether Gadkari will be his next target or it will be the NCP.
Kejriwal had also alleged that the Congress and the BJP were hand in glove with each other. "Why has the BJP not taken up the Salman Khurshid issue? Because both are hand in glove, they know we are going to expose Mr Gadkari now," Kejriwal had said.
Aiding Kejriwal in that promised expose, would be accompanied by Mumbai-based activist Anjali Damania, who first set the cat among the pigeons in September 2012, when she claimed that Gadkari and NCP chief Sharad Pawar were hand in glove with each other. "When I approached Mr Gadkari to raise the irrigation scam issue, he told me he could not help me because he and Pawar grant favours to each other," Damaniya had claimed.
CNN-IBN had earlier reported how the irrigation scam could potentially embarrass the BJP President. Documents accessed by CNN-IBN showed how close Gadkari aide and now party MP Ajay Sancheti had circumvented rules to get contracts from the Vidharbha Irrigation Development Corporation.
While corporation rules stated that no single firm can hold more than three contracts simultaneously, the Sancheti group bagged contracts FIRs in the name of Shaktikumar M Sancheti Ltd, then in the name of SMS infrastructure which was the same company with a new name, and also in joint ventures.
In the lower Penganga irrigation project that was controversially revived by Ajit Pawar just days ahead of the 2009 Assembly polls, Ajay Sancheti cornered more than one-third of the contracts. Gadkari wrote to the then water resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal pushing for release of funds for the irrigation project, declared seriously flawed by the central water commission.
But Nitin Gadkari had remained defiant. In an interview to CNN-IBN, he even said that he will leave politics if anything against him was proved. On Wednesday, Arvind Kejriwal, who has so far gone public with charges against Vadra and Khurshid, is threatening to provide proof of alleged corruption that could embarrass the BJP chief.