Raipur: Union Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday came out in support of Robert Vadra, the embattled son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and dared social activist Arvind Kejriwal to approach court if he felt that his allegation against Vadra had any substance. "Of late, this is becoming a trend that anyone levels allegations, then keeps mum and later asks the government to conduct a judicial probe. But in such cases, anyone can approach court. Kejriwal can also go to court," the NCP chief told reporters.
He was replying to a query on allegations levelled by Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan against Vadra that he received undue benefits from realty major DLF. On the next Assembly polls in Chhatisgarh, the NCP chief hinted that his party may team up with smaller outfits for the 2014 elections. "We have held preliminary discussions with some parties. However, the decision to forge any alliance will be taken after taking the state NCP leaders into confidence," he said.
Meanwhile, expelled BJP leader and Chhatisgarh Swabhiman Manch president Tarachand Sahu met Pawar giving rise to speculation that his party may tie up with NCP. To a query on Land Acquisition Bill, Pawar said it will be tabled in Parliament.
"The country needs electricity and industries. But at the same time, farmers should also be adequately compensated and rehabilitated. All these issues have been addressed in the Land Acquisition Bill," the Agriculture minister said. To a query, Pawar said the demand for separate agriculture budget was "impractical and unwarranted."
(With additional information from PTI)