Vikhe-Patil alleges massive corruption in Samruddhi expressway project

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first_imgAlleging massive corruption in the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway project, senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Wednesday claimed that one person had benefited close to ₹800 crore from shady land acquisition deals in connection with the project, estimated at ₹46,000 cr.“I will not reveal the name of that person right now. But the point is that a probe must be launched to investigate who is behind this scam,” alleged Mr. Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Assembly. Lambasting the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, he further stated that the State government’s claims of an alleged multi-crore irrigation scam by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition had “proved baseless”.“Instead of levelling false allegations at us, why does not the BJP come clean on its own progress in the irrigation sector since it came to power in October 2014. We demand that this government come out with a ‘white paper’ detailing its progress in completing irrigation projects,” Mr. Vikhe-Patil said.Responding to questions on seat-sharing with the NCP in the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly polls, he said that the process “would be a harmonious one” and that talks between the two estranged allies had been “positive”.At the same time, he took potshots at the recently-forged alliance between the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), stating that only the BJP stood to gain from it.“The AIMIM, by claiming to lead all Muslims of Maharashtra, is, in a way aiding the BJP in its task by splitting the opposition,” he said, remarking that the Congress-NCP were in talks with smaller, like-minded parties who expressed interest in joining their coalition.last_img

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