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
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 made the comment at a meeting of Tankara tehsil
Congress Committee in Morbi district.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel then accused Boda of
shirking the responsibility for the alleged scam.
Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi today
admitted that Boda was a Congress member, though "not actively
involved in party affairs".
"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.
Doshi also said that Boda and his son are more close
to BJP leaders of Rajkot and Morbi.
State BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said he will request the
state government to set up an inquiry against Boda for his
Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Paresh
Dhanani avoided naming Boda because of his party affiliations,
"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.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)