Vaghji Boda, chairman of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) who had questioned the BJP government's role in the alleged groundnut procurement scam in Gujarat, today resigned as a member of Congress.
He should have refrained from making comments about the scam at a party event, he said.
"NAFED is a national-level organisation and its directors are associated with different parties. It was my mistake to comment about the groundnut (scam) at an event held under the banner of Congress. In the interest of NAFED, I hereby resign from Congress," Boda said in his resignation letter.
Yesterday, Boda had said that although the Gujarat State Co-Operative Cotton Federation (GUJCOT) is a bankrupt entity, it was chosen by the state to procure groundnuts from farmers on behalf of NAFED.
"He has resigned because of the ongoing blame-game. Just like Congress, Boda too wanted a free and fair probe in the scam. He has resigned in NAFED's interest," Doshi said.
"Boda had fought Assembly polls twice on Congress ticket...Dhanani never said a single word about him and always attacked BJP to divert the issue," said Vaghani.
Rajkot police have arrested 27 persons, including officials of NAFED and GUJCOT, after government-procured groundnuts stored at a godown at Pedhla were found to be adulterated with stones and soil.
The matter came to light when the traders who had purchased the groundnuts refused to accept delivery of sub-standard stocks from warehouses.
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