Brother of Cong Gujarat in-charge Gehlot in fertiliser scam, alleges BJP

Brother of Cong Gujarat in-charge Gehlot in The BJP on Monday dug up the "fertiliser scam" of the UPA regime to take on Congress's Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot ahead of polls, and accused his brother of exporting subsidised fertiliser meant for domestic consumption.

In his address to media, union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar cited a news report to state that Gehlot's brother Agrasain Gehlot's firm exported fertiliser "muriate of potash" (MoP) under the Congress-led UPA regime after claiming subsidy from the Central government. The fertiliser was imported for farm use. One of the four potash fertilisers, MoP's chemical name is potassium chloride and is widely used in agriculture to boost yield.

"This is a clear case of theft of subsidy and all this happened between 2007 and 2009, when Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre and Gehlot had assumed charge as Rajasthan chief minister," the union minister said.

He also suspected that the export of fertiliser at a cheap rate could be a case of money laundering. The minister stated that the fertiliser scam was detected when sleuths intercepted consignments of Gehlot's company since its export was banned.

"Congress and its leaders talk about farmers and their issues, but the relatives of their party's Gujarat in-charge is stealing farmers' subsidy," Javadekar charged. He wondered if the Congress top brass will act against those who "stole farmers' right".

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