After Robert Vadra and law minister Salman Kurshid, now the target of the politician-turned-activist Arvind Kejriwal is the BJP president Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari is surrounded by controversy due to his 'chiller' remark, and alleged financial irregularities related to his businesses. The allegations notwithstanding, Nitin Gadkari made his a mark as a brilliant political planner having good business acumen.
The RTI crusader, along with lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Mumbai-based IAC activist Anjali Damania, are complaining that the rules were bent by the Maharashtra government, and claim that vast tracts of agricultural land were acquired from farmers for constructing a dam in Umred taluka in Nagpur
district, and after the constructin of the dam, the excess land, which legally should have been returned to the farmers, was not returned to them, but was allegedly given to Gadkari and his companies due to the intervention of Ajit Pawar.
But Gadkari has dismissed these allegations against him by Kejriwal, and has said that he is ready for any kind of enquiry over this issue. Gadkari says that such ‘chiller’ (not worth much) statements will not have any importance and such statements will not affect his political carrier.
comes from a middle-class Brahmin family in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He was the member of ABVP and Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha in his youth. In 1985 he became the secretary of BJP Nagpur City, and then at the age of 32 he successfully contested elections for Maharashtra Legislative Council from Nagpur division Graduates Constituency, which is spread over five districts, and became an M.L.C. and was successful for the next consecutive four years.
Gadkari managed both legislative politics and organizational duties and became General Secretary of BJP in Maharashtra at the age of 35. He showed a lot of interest on privatization, and diverted many high budget projects towards privatization. He gained fame during his tenure as a public works department minister in Maharashtra. He convinced the state government to allocate Rs. 700 crores for rural connectivity, and this project is known as ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’. He also worked on the malnutrition problem prevailing in a remote area of Amravati
district of Maharashtra.
Gadkari was appointed to head the BJP in December 2009. He was the youngest president of BJP and was appointed after the party's defeat in the general election of 2009. It was expected that his leadership will unite the parties divided houses.