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Digvijaya makes allegations against Nitin Gadkari

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

leader Digvijaya Singh today accused Transport Minister of "crony capitalism" by allotting a single bid tender to a company close to his son in Zojila in Jammua and Kashmir and demanded his dismissal.

Singh raised the issue in while participating in a debate on Budget.

As Gadkari was not present in the House, Leader of the House and Finance Minister along with IT Minister strongly objected to his statement, saying he was making the allegation in the absence of the Minister and proper notice should have been given.

Though Singh claimed the procedure was followed, Deputy Chairman said he will look into the records and if any violation is found he will expunge the remarks.

"If rules are not observed, I will have to expunge the records," he said.

Earlier, Singh said, "I demand the resignation of on the floor of the House. He should be dismissed as a Minister after he awarded a single-bid contract to a firm close to his son. I am told that the contract has been cancelled and this means the Government has accepted that a contract was awarded against the rules."

He was referring to the contract awarded for the Zozila pass tunnel to IRB Infrastructure Developers amid strong objections by a number of Ministers.

First Published: Wed, March 16 2016. 23:48 IST