Congress leader Digvijay Singh, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that the Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari took undue interest in blending extra ethanol to petroleum. Accusing him of nepotism, he said that government policies are helping his “family business”.
Digvijay Singh wrote that even though Nitin Gadkari is not involved in blending, he had issued a statement on increasing the percentage of ethanol from 10 per cent to 22.5 per cent in the form of a cabinet note, which is a secret document. He accused Gadkari of violating the oath of secrecy.
Nitin Gadkari’s name was also highlighted during the Purti business group controversy. Gadkari’s son Nikhil Gadkari is a listed director of Purti Power and Sugar Ltd. Digvijay Singh also wrote that after the government’s decision to increase the blending limit, Purti also increased its production from 45-kilo litres per day to 135-kilo litres per day.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari had come under an attack over his investments in PPSL. India Against Corruption (IAC) headed by Arvind Kejriwal had earlier accused Nitin Gadkari og grabbing poor farmers’ land in drought-prone Vidarbha in Maharashtra. He was also accused by the NGO to flout government rules in an attempt to benefit his own company. However, Nitin Gadkari had denied all such charges against him.