Shimla: Accusing civil society activists of being silent on Nitin Gadkari's business dealings, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday alleged at "some connection" between BJP and anti-corruption crusader turned politician Arvind Kejriwal. (Agencies)
Singh told reporters here, that the civil society activist had levelled "mild charges" against BJP President Nitin Gadkari despite having full knowledge about his "fake companies with fake addresses and slum dwellers as directors".
"Arvind Kejriwal had information about the Shell companies of Gadkari and I ask him why he is keeping silent. Earlier also I asked him some questions but he did not reply as he has no answer", he said.
Taking potshots at the BJP President, Singh said, Gadkari should produce "Slum Dog Millionaire-II" and added that in case of Slum Dog Millionaire-I, the person got the money but in this case slum dwellers have only got the name and no money.
"The matter is being probed by competent authorities and the truth about Gadkari's companies would come out", he said, adding, "I have always been saying that Gadkari is more of a businessman than a politician and talks more about commerce".
Targeting Kejriwal, Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and other civil society members, the Congress leader questioned as to why they were silent over allegations against Gadkari.
Defending Robert Vadra over land deals, Singh said, he purchased some land in Mansesar 15 years ago for Rs one lakh and it was a wise investment and the growth in land rates was an enormous 150 times and said that Vadra was being targeted only because he is Sonai Gandhi's son-in-law.
Singh said, the UPA government passed the RTI Act which is an effective tool against corruption and the government did not spare any minister or senior bureaucrat facing charges of corruption but BJP did not take any action against its leaders even after the party chief Bangaru Laxman was caught accepting money and MPs were trapped accepting cash.
Linking the BJP government with "land scams", Singh said that "love for land" of BJP is well known and its governments gave land to industrialists and capitalists but not to poor people for agriculture and construction of houses.
Launching a frontal attack on Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Congress leader said that "teaching shops have been opened in the name of expansion but in fact the private universities that have mushroomed in the state are only masks for commercial activities".
He also attacked Dhumal for giving land to Patanjali Yog Peeth of Baba Ramdev's aide Bal Krishan and said that India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Prashant Bhushan was not only allowed to purchase land for tea gardens but also permitted to change its use against the provisions of law.
Taking on HPCA president and BJP Lok Sabha member Anurag Thakur, he said that "the construction cricket stadium at Dharamsala is welcome but the land earmarked for residences for players has been given for construction of a five star hotel and who would benefit from it is anybody guess".
Addressing a press conference here, the senior Congress leader also lashed out at state chief minister and accused his government of being involved in various scams related to land allotments for educational institutions and construction of sports stadium in Dharamsala.
Criticising the BJP for indulging in false propaganda Singh said that "BJP ka funda hai, jhoot bolo, jor se bolo our bar bar bolo" (BJP's only tactics is speak lie, speak loudly and speak again and again). PTI PCL Meanwhile, former chief minister Ajit Jogi has demanded a CBI probe into alleged dubious funding of BJP chief Nitin Gadkari's companies.
The Congress leader demanded that CBI should probe the 18 "fake" companies through which investments were allegedly made into Gadkari's firms.
"Only with the CBI probe can it be found out who has formed the fake companies," he said.
He alleged that BJP was shielding corrupt leaders.
Shimla: Accusing civil society activists of being silent on Nitin Gadkari's business dealings, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday alleged at "some connection" between BJP and anti-corruption crusader turned politician Arvind Kejriwal.