New Delhi: In a dramatic twist to the controversy, the Vidarbha farmer, who had gone missing after he was named by India Against Corruption (IAC) while bringing out revelations against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, surfaced on Friday and alleged that politics was being played over his land.
Dismissing the allegations made by anti-corruption crusader-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, farmer Gajanan Ghadge said that the BJP president had not taken his land and it was still with him.
"My land was not given to Nitin Gadkari, he has not taken my land, it is with me…all this is politics," said the farmer, adding, "I don't know who is playing politics on this". He further said that he was a stake-holder in "the factory" and wanted the Irrigation Department to return his land.
Referring to India Against Corruption member Anjali Damania, the farmer said that the social activist wanted to help him and that is why he had agreed.
This comes a day after the wife of the farmer, Durga, had claimed that her husband had gone missing since the controversy began. Ghadge's wife had said that she was living in fear and was unable to take a decision if she should file a report on the issue.
"My husband has been missing since that announcement on TV. I don't know where he is," she had said. When asked whether she was scared, the woman said, "Yes. I am feeling scared now. I don't know any thing about the land and who took what. He never told me."
She had also said that she did not know Arvind Kejriwal or Anjali Damania and had only seen them on TV. When asked whether she knew Gadkari, Durga said, "Yes. He is a big leader, in fact my maternal village is the same as Gadkari's." When asked whether her husband said that Gadkari took away his land, she said, "He only said some land went to build a dam and some to a kaarkhana."
Gadkari was alleged to have got the land that belonged to Gajanan Ghadge. Arvind Kejriwal had said Gadkari's business links were harming the interests of farmers. Kejriwal alleged that the state government acquired excess land and did not give it back to farmers as per law. He said Gajanan Ghadge had approached the government seeking return of his land. But the government sat on it for almost two years but when Gadkari wrote a letter seeking transfer of the same land to him, Pawar wrote a letter recommending it in four days, he alleged. "There was action on Gadkari's letter very fast but a representation by the farmer did not get any response for two years. And when it came, they were not given back," Kejriwal had said.