Gadkari all praise for Himachal, silent on charges

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 13:40 hrs

Shimla, Oct 27 (IANS) BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who is facing allegations of financial wrongdoing in business, Saturday praised the Himachal Pradesh government for good work. His attack on corruption, however, was mild.

Addressing an election meeting in Rekong Peo, Kinnaur district, some 250 km from here, Gadkari praised the achievements of his party's government in the hill state.

But at the same time he launched a scathing attack against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre.

"Despite the Congress slogan of 'Garibi Hatao' or abolish poverty since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, it is only the big corporate houses and those close to the Congress who have become rich, thereby widening the gap between the rich and the poor," he said.

In an indirect reference to the allegations against him, Gadkari said, "There is no need to be afraid of allegations from the Congress. I am a clean man with a clean image, and false charges are being levelled as part of the propaganda of the central government will not help the Congress mislead the people."

Gadkari was on a day's visit to the state one day after his party threw its weight behind him and said he would continue as president of the party.

The BJP president said the Congress did not have the right to seek votes from the people, with inflation making the life of the common man hell.

"Our party will make efforts to promote tourism, which has maximum potential for employment generation. An electric transport system and aerial ropeways could reduce distances and save petrol and the environment," Gadkari said.

"When we have the best brains and resources, there is no reason why we should not be a super power, the most prosperous nation," he said.

Earlier in the day, Gadkari arrived at Jubbarhatti airport near Shimla and flew to Rekong Peo to address the rally.

The BJP did not arrange any meeting of Gadkari with the media at the airport.

BJP general secretary J.P. Nadda said Gadkari would meet the media during his next visit to Shimla Oct 30, ahead of polling in the state, scheduled for Nov 4.

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