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Cong's Patole says Gadkari's image won't impact LS prospects

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Nana Patole, who is the Congress' candidate from seat currently held by Union Minister Gadkari, Saturday said in a democracy, people are powerful and not leaders.

Addressing a press conference here, Patole claimed Gadkari's "larger than life" personality would have no impact on the polls.

Attacking Gadkari, Patole demanded a "white paper" on budget money spent on and how much debt had been laden on residents of the city in the name of development.

"In a democracy, a leader is not powerful but it is the public. Hence, I don't see anyone more powerful than people. This point (Gadkari's image) won't have much impact," he said, adding that was his "elder brother".

"The way Nagpur's development is being projected is a farce and is full of scams. The Municipal Corporation (NMC) is not an autonomous institution anymore. Major NMC properties worth several crore rupees have been handed over to the Nagpur metro project," he alleged.

He claimed the concept and development of the and Cargo Hub, Nagpur (popularly called MIHAN) was started by former

Muttemwar had lost the 2014 polls to

Attacking Chief Minister and Gadkari, both of whom hail from Nagpur, Patole said the two kept dishing out different figures like "Rs 80,000 crore and Rs 60,000 crore" spent on development works in the city.

"You should give account of how much and from where Rs 80,000 crore or Rs 60,000 crore has been brought and spent. How do you plan to return this money," he questioned.

He said the BJP had promised an All Institute of in Nagpur but work on it had not yet started.

He attacked the Centre over what he claimed was seeking of votes in the name of Pulwama attack martyrs and the air strike that followed.

"I feel that and want Narendra Modi to come back as is being favoured by the government and it is dumping its goods in But when it comes to declaring as a global terrorist, does not support India," he claimed.

He said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Nagpur between April 4-6 to campaign.

Patole had won the 2014 polls on a BJP ticket from Bhandara-Gondiya before quitting the party and Parliament in 2017 and joining the

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:05 IST