Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's "dream" remark sparks row; Opposition sees PM Modi's criticism

BJP has clarified that the remarks made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari are being twisted for political benefits

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari's "dream" remark sparks row; Opposition sees PM Modi's criticism

Ahead of the upcoming 2019 general assembly elections, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday stirred a row saying that the political leaders who “show dreams” should fulfil them or else they’ll get “thrashed” by the public. 

Gadkari was speaking while addressing the party workers at an event in Mumbai welcoming actor Isha Koppikar to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and to initiate the BJP-affiliated transport outfit –  Navbharatiya Shiv Vahatuk Sanghatana (NSVS).  

Politicians who show dreams are always liked by people. However,  if the dreams are not fulfilled, the public beats these politicians. I am not one of those who show dreams. What I say, gets fulfilled by 100 per cent,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said while addressing party workers where former Shiv Sena leader Haji Arafat Sheikh joined the party.

As this happened, it sparked a huge row in the political circle with several opposition leaders targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After Gadkari’s remarks, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “PMO, Gadkari is showing you the mirror in a subtle way”. Madhya Pradesh Congress also tweeted saying that Gadkari has launched an attack on PM Modi, “Modiji, the people are coming”.  

Not the First Time

This is not the first time that Gadkari’s remarks have raised eyebrows in the opposition and the media. Earlier, after BJP’s defeat in three state assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh, Gadkari had said that the leadership should own up to the “defeat and failures”

However, Gadkari had accused the opposition parties and a section of media for "twisting his statement" and using it out of context. Gadkari had said that there is a “sinister campaign” going on against to draw political motives and malign him and his party.

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BJP Clarifies

However, the BJP on Monday clarified that the remarks made by the Union Minister were meant for Congress and not his own party. BJP said that the comments were being twisted for political benefit. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said that the remarks were made for Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Congress for giving the slogan “Garibi Hatao” and doing nothing about it. 

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