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I Never Threatened I-T Officials: Gadkari
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Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari today denied he had threatened income tax authorities but insisted that the raids conducted on some companies allegedly associated with his Purti Group were a part of a conspiracy to malign him and his party.

"I never threatened the IT Department or its officials. I have full faith in the professional integrity of the department. Unfortunately, my public statements have been distorted and misinterpreted," Gadkari said in a statement.

However, he felt there was a conspiracy behind the raids. "...I have reasons to believe that unnecessary dragging my name in the context of these inquiries is part of a conspiracy to defame me and my party".

The "deliberate move", he added, "to link me and members of my family in connection with these open inquiries against some companies and the misleading briefings to the media in this regard is calculated, mischievous and politically motivated to damage my reputation".

He said that while exposing the "sinister game plan of the UPA government" to influence the inquires and mislead the media, he had only urged the IT Department and its officials to remain impartial and not get influenced by the dictates of their political bosses.

The IT Department and its officials are free to conduct any independent inquiry in response to complaints received against any company or individuals, he said.

The offices of 11 companies who have reportedly invested in Purti Group were raided by the IT authorities on January 22, a day before the election of the BJP president.

Nitin Gadkari was all set to seek second term for the top post but was forced to give up after senior BJP leaders including L K Advani objected to his candidature in wake of the charges of financial irregularities against him.

Gadkari reiterated that neither he nor any member of his family have anything to do with the companies against whom the inquires have been going on and that "these are not Purti Group companies".

A day after demitting office, Gadkari had told party workers in Nagpur, "As BJP president I had to maintain dignity and work within boundaries.... Now I am a free man. Congress' boat is about to sink and when our party comes to power, there would be no Chidambaram or Sonia to save them (IT officials)."

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Jan 28, 2013
12:01 PM

I Never Threatened I-T Officials: Gadkari

Yes u did !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
Jan 28, 2013
12:01 PM

 Does it mean that  media could not understand what Gadkari stated or did it misreported Gadkari`s statement.  Why it is so that politicians often use their bad tongue ,wait for a while to check reactionofn their words and in case of any controversy erupts,then they go on either denying straight way to have ever utteredany that word saying media misquoted them or seek apology for having said so.

I wonder why one should not  be careful enough  to check what theyare going to say - particularly the politicians, must take due care, as each and ever single word they utter draws public `s attention and good words are not taken that much care but bad immediately creates trouble for them themselves.

Is that a real politics.

P.Gautampurkar,Sawai Madhopour,Rajasthan.

Parshuam Gautampurkar, Sawai Madhopur-Rajasthan
Jan 28, 2013
09:29 AM

Gadkari is big fat liar who can stoop to any level for political gains. Not a single speech that he delieverd during his tenure as BJP prez was worth listening. Wonder how people support and idolize such cheap cheats.

Imran Ahmed Khan, Bangalore
Jan 27, 2013
09:57 PM

There has never been a time when the BJP leaders brag about being the only party which acts in interest of India.

I humbly wish to ask all my blogger friends what do the BJP see in Ghadkari and his contribution to Mother India that inspite of his obvious dubious Financial dealings are sought to be underplayed.Is  that bieng done in the best Interest of Mother India as well.

Cant get more farcial,just because the Congress has failed the Naton and the people,BJP is by no means granted the permission to allow this corrupt bloke to get away

wrongone, chennai
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