<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raising charges of ‘conflict of interest’ the Congress on Friday trained guns on Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, alleging that a company of his private secretary has been receiving government funds and asked the Union minister to come clean about it.The BJP was quick to rubbish the allegations with its spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao terming it “baseless” and aimed at sullying the government’s image.”The Congress party’s allegations against Mr Vaibhav Dange are much noise about nothing. Vaibhav himself has refuted these allegations in a written statement,” he said.He said the Congress’ charge stemmed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “rising popularity and spotlessly clean” governance which has left the opposition party “rattled”.According to Ramesh, Vaibhav Dange and a man named Motiram Kisanrao Patil floated a company— Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE) — on October 9, 2014 with a paid up capital of Rs 1 lakh.The IFGE, Ramesh alleged, received Rs 1.5 crore since its inception.”…and the money came from the ministries controlled by Gadkari. IFGE organises conclaves and programmes with ministries and PSUs, and receives financial contributions.”He also alleged that the company received contributions from corporate entities and persons who deal with the ministries as well.Ramesh, who alleged Dange’s firm also had the patronage of Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu and Piyush Goyal, posed four questions to the government.”Isn’t conflict of interest of Nitin Gadkari writ large? Have Nitin Gadkari as also Suresh Prabhu violated Code of Conduct for Union Ministers? How can Gadkari permit his own Ministry and PSUs to participate and financially contribute to a company i.e. 50% is owned by his own PS? Has Dange, not violated Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules, which prohibit a public servant from accepting contributions?BEING AGGRESSIVEAs the Gujarat election campaign heats up, at a meeting of the Congree Working Committee, party vice president Rahul Gandhi who is set to take charge as Congress party President next month asked the party leaders to be aggressive against the government on corruption

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Congress attacks Nitin Gadkari over ‘conflict of interest’, BJP denies