Rewa (MP), Jan 13 (Agencies): Blaming policies of successive Congress governments for the plight of the poor, BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the amount of money involved in 2G and CWG scams was enough to eradicate the poverty.

"Due to the wrong policies of the successive Congress Governments since independence, and the corruption, the poor in the country are becoming poorer," Gadkari said while  addressing the Antyodaya Mela here.

The Mela (gathering) had been organised for providing benefits of the state government's welfare schemes to eligible persons on the spot.

"If the Rs 1.76 lakh crore and Rs 70,000 crore involved in 2G and CWG scams had been spent on the welfare of the poor, poverty could have been eradicated from the country by now," the BJP president said.

He also said that the five committees, including the one constituted by the Planning Commission have reached the conclusion that the daily income of more than 50 per cent of the population is less than Rs 20.