Nitin Gadkari's Wake-Up Call For Leaders Who "Spin Dreams"

Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari's Wake-Up Call For Leaders Who "Spin Dreams" 

New Delhi: Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister who recently made headlines with a series of cryptic comments seen as hidden messages to the BJP leadership, had more to say today. His words delighted the Congress and Asaduddin Owaisi, who declared that Mr Gadkari's message was for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Gadkari told reporters in Mumbai, "Political leaders are fond of spinning dreams, but if they cannot deliver it, they may take a beating from the people. So promise only what is possible." The minister added, "I'm not one of those who spin dreams. Whatever I say is with 100 per cent authority," who was seen sitting and chatting with Rahul Gandhi at yesterday's Republic Day function.

Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of AIMIM, tweeted:


"Union minister Nitin Gadkari has launched an attack on PM Narendra Modi... Modi ji, the people are coming," tweeted the Madhya Pradesh Congress, quoting the minister.

After BJP's defeat in the recent assembly elections Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the Union Minister had said, "Leadership should have the vrutti (tendency) to own up the defeat and failures. Loyalty of the leadership towards the organisation will not be proved till the time it owns up responsibility for defeat".

A day later, he alleged that his "detractors" - the opposition and a section of the media - were trying to "drive a wedge" between him and the party leadership.

His tweet read, "In the last few days, I have noticed a sinister campaign by some opposition parties and a section of the media to twist my statements and use them out of context and draw politically motivated inferences to malign me and my party."

The Union Minister, Mr Gadkari dismissed the rumours about him replacing PM Modi, fuelled by a letter from a farmer leader to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP.

"Leaders who pursue an extremist and dictatorial attitude in the party and government are dangerous for the society and the country... This has been witnessed before and if history is not to be repeated, hand over the reins to (Nitin) Gadkari for the 2019 polls," said Kishore Tiwari, chairan of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission in his letter to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Suresh Joshi.

It has also been reported that the BJP's ally Shiv Sena has offered to support the party, if Mr Gadkari is given the top job in place of PM Modi after the elections.