Pushp Sharma, an independent investigative journalist accused BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Bhupendra Singh Yadav of trying to obtain the thumb impression of Narmadabai Prajapati, mother of Tulsi Prajapati, on blank vakalatnamas to help BJP general secretary and Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah.

Tulsi Prajapati was killed in an alleged fake encounter. "As the elections draw nearer, the standard of politics goes down. Neither the people nor the media believes such things,” he said.

"Congress should distance itself from this low standard of politics," Gadkari said on the sidelines of a meeting of the party's industry cell's national executive.

Sharma claims he has undertaken a sting operation which allegedly shows Javadekar and Yadav involved in getting the thumb impression of Narmada Prajapati at the behest of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, when asked about the poor economic situation of the country, Gadkari said the government should ask the President of India to intervene in the matter. "Whatever projects related to the economic development of the country are sub judice in Supreme Court, decisions (should be passed) in all of them within three months," Gadkari said.

He went on to add that the economic situation of the country was presently deplorable. "Despite having the biggest coal reserves in Asia, we have to import coal from the USA, South Africa and Indonesia. Our power industry is almost bankrupt.

"The industry can no longer bear up with the legal issues and red tapism. Given the devaluation of the Rupee, government should come up with a concrete economic policy to bail the country out from this situation,” he said.

"The President should call people from the judiciary and political parties to discuss the matter," said Gadkari.


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