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Nitin Gadkari's remark seen as targeted at PM Modi

January 29, 2019

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has been making headlines of late for comments that are seen to be hidden messages for the BJP leadership. His most recent one, made on the weekend, has made the Opposition very happy.

At a meeting with the media in Mumbai, Gadkari said,

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. I'm not one of those who spin dreams. Whatever I say is with 100% authority. - Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister

His words were immediately picked up by the Congress and Asaduddin Owaisi, who declared that Gadkari's message was for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a tweet, Owaisi said, "@PMOIndia sir @nitin_gadkari is showing you the mirror, and in a very subtle way".

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

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

He later alleged that a section of the opposition and the media were trying to "drive a wedge" between him and the party leadership.

He also dismissed rumours about him replacing PM Modi.

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