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BJP chief’s name surfaces in irrigation scam

The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] president Nitin Gadkari faced controversy on Thursday over a letter he had written to the union water resources minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, seeking payment to contractors in a water project in Vidarbha, which is linked to the multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra.

The Congress pounced on this opportunity and alleged that the BJP leader was interested in getting payments of some of his associates cleared expeditiously. But, Gadkari defended his letter and said that he had sought clearance of payments so that the project aimed at enhancing irrigation potential in farmer suicide-prone Vidarbha gets completed. He declared he had no links with any contractor and had done no wrong and charged the Congress with trying to defame him by making false allegations.
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