Kejriwal said, while DLF-Robert Vadra are looting farmers in Haryana, Gadkari and NCP combine are looting farmers in Maharashtra
Social activist Arving Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that Nitin Gadkari, the president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received undue favours from the Maharashtra government in allocation of farm land. Gadkari was allotted about 100 acres of farm land by the then minister Ajit Pawar, alleged Kejriwal.
Accusing Gadkari of being in league with Congress-NCP government in Maharahstra, to get undue favours and keeping quiet as quid pro quo on issues affecting people, Kejriwal said the BJP president has used politics to build his business empire. According to him, Gadkari owns a big business empire in Maharashtra that consist five power plants and two sugar companies.
Meanwhile, Gadkari today called on President Pranab Mukherjee and congratulated him on assuming the top post. "After Pranab Mukherjee became President, I had to congratulate him. I congratulated him and held some discussions. I have old personal relations with him. It was a courtesy visit. It had nothing to do with politics," Gadkari told reporters after coming out of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The meeting between Kingfisher management and striking pilots and engineers failed to resolve the issues, including non payment of salaries since past six months
Mumbai: Embattled Kingfisher Airlines, which has been grounded since 29th September, on Wednesday said it will have to extend its 20th October deadline to resume operations, as a meeting with the striking employees today failed to resolve the deadlock, reports PTI.
On 10th October, the airline had said it would resume operations from 20th October.
"We will have to look at extending the lockout for a few more days... The meeting with the representatives of pilots and engineers was very good. The discussions are moving in the right direction," airline chief executive Sanjay Agarwal told reporters after emerging from a meeting with the employee representatives this evening.
When asked about the next meeting, he said, "We will be meeting again shortly," without offering a direct answer.
The meeting held at the Shaw Wallace House, a UB property in the southern tip of the city, was also attended by airlines' HR head and four pilots and engineers each.
On the outcome on the issue of salary, which has not been paid for the past seven months and on which employees have been striking since the past three weeks, he did not offer a direct answer, but just said that discussions are going on in the right direction and they will be meeting soon again.
Two engineers, who attended the meeting but did not want to be named, also said that the meeting was very positive and they will be meeting shortly.
However, two senior pilots, who did not attend the meeting, said the meeting failed, indicating that there are fissures among the pilots and the engineers, who are the prime-movers behind the strike. In fact, the strike was started by the engineers on 29th September.
When specifically asked whether they are ready to climb down from their demand for complete payment of their salary dues, the engineers said their basic agenda is to get their salaries, but indicated that it is negotiable.
Kingfisher Airlines, launched in May 2005, has never made profit, and is sitting on a debt pile of over Rs8,000 crore including over Rs420 crore of tax arrears, apart from the accumulated loss of over Rs8,000 crore.
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