New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari has defended himself against any wrongdoing in land deals in Vidarbha. Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the BJP president's factories are robbing farmers of their land and irrigation water in Maharashtra. He accused Gadkari of grabbing farmers' land and corruption in collusion with NCP's Ajit Pawar.
“Purti Charitable Trust got this land on lease for 11 years with Rs 50,000 rent. It was a waste land. We had applied for it in 2005 and got it after more than a year; not in 4 days. Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) had followed all rules and laws before giving us the land,” Gadkari told CNN-IBN.
Accusing Gadkari of taking over land taken away from a farmer in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, Kejriwal had said Gadkari was promoting his business interests at the cost of farmers. "Whose interests does Gadkari represent? He has a very big business empire. His interests are clashing with those of Vidarbha's farmers?" the activist-cum-politician said.