Gadkariís farmers rally behind him

BJP chief will be in Mumbai today, party says hasn't organised rally.

A beleaguered BJP president Nitin Gadkari had expressed the resolve to fight corruption allegations against him with the help of his workers and supporters. Addressing an impromptu rally near his residence here on Monday, Gadkari had said, "Kar nahi to dar kaisa (why fear when I have done nothing wrong)?"

On Wednesday, Vidarbha Shetkari Sangharsha Kruti Samiti floated recently is organising another rally with "Kar nahi...." as theme slogan at Reshimbagh Ground in front of the sprawling Smruti Mandir premises of the RSS.

"Kar nahi tyala darr kasala? Shetkaryansathi sangharsha karu. Aamhala konache bhay nahi. Samil wha - Shetkari, Yuwa, Mahila Melawa (Have no fear as I have done no wrong. Will fight for farmers. We aren't afraid of anyone. Join us)," said an SMS, that was circulated.

The BJP and Gadkari's office, however, said they have nothing to do with Wednesday's rally.

"Gadkari saheb will be in Mumbai tomorrow and we haven't organised the rally," said Purti Power and Sugar PRO Nitin Kulkarni.

BJP Nagpur city president Krishna Khopde also said the party hasn't organised the rally.

The chief convener of the rally, Anil Mendhe, a farmer from Bhandara district told The Indian Express: "We have organised the rally under the aegis of Vidarbha Shetkari Sangharsha Kruti Samiti, which we set up a few days ago ever since the media started targeting Gadkariji. The media campaign is going to hit farmers, not politicians. The media hasn't campaigned so much even against Kasab and Coalgate as it has against Gadkari, who has been trying to help farmers. Today, due to his dashing efforts (dhadadiche prayatna), farmers in many parts of Vidarbha are on their way to prosperity and their confidence is up (manobal wadhle). What will happen to our families if something happens to those sugar factories? If anyone is trying to rob us of it, we are determined to fight."

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