They also challenged him to produce evidence or at least name the person.

Describing Gadkari's statement "irresponsible" and a "complete lie", Congress general secretary in-charge of Delhi Shakeel Ahmed said the BJP leader should first produce evidence before levelling such ‘unfounded allegations’.

Gadkari alleges AAP-Congress deal

"Gadkari and his party are experts in carrying out such deals and not the Congress," Ahmed said.

"Before making allegations of any deal against others, he (Gadkari) should first explain what was the deal due to which he was removed as BJP's president," he added.

AAP leader Manish Sisodia demanded that Gadkari should produce evidence to substantiate his claims.

"Even if it does not have any evidence, at least the name should be revealed. He (Gadkari) should tell us which hotel was the deal brokered in, the details of the people involved, the politicians involved," Sisodia said.

The BJP has distanced itself from Gadkari’s remark.

Gadkari earlier on Saturday alleged that an industrialist brokered a deal between Arvind Kejriwal and the Congress leaders in a posh hotel in the capital to stop BJP from coming to power in Delhi.

The former BJP president’s remark came soon after Kejriwal was sworn in as the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi.

(Agencies)

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