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Digvijaya demands Gadkari's resignation over letter row

Press Trust of India
Oct 05, 2012 at 05:30am IST

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday demanded resignation of Nitin Gadkari as BJP President in the wake of a letter written by him to Centre seeking release of funds for an irrigation project in Maharashtra, in which an associate of his is said to be a contractor.

"Yes," replied Singh when asked whether he has made the demand for resignation of Gadkari.

Singh, against whom Gadkari had issued a legal notice over allegations related to coal scam, was quick to latch on the issue and describe the BJP chief as "more of a businessman than a politician."

Digvijaya demands Gadkari's resignation over letter row

Gadkari had written to the Union Water Resources Ministry seeking release of funds for an irrigation project in Maharashtra.

"It is clear that he (Gadkari) was interested in contractors getting their money which they don't deserve," he alleged.

The Gosikhurd project is embroiled in an alleged scam involving NCP leader Ajit Pawar who quit recently in the wake of charges of corruption on which the BJP had mounted a big campaign.

Gadkari wrote to Union Water Resources Minister PK Bansal on July 30, 2012 asking him to clear the dues of the contractors involved in the project though no names were mentioned.

"Due to non-payment of the dues, the contractors stop their works. This may delay the programme and would also result in time overrun and delays in creation of irrigation potential. Presently liability of Rs 400 crore is pending," the letter said

The BJP chief's detractors claimed it was aimed at benefiting his associate Ajay Sancheti.

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