In a most explicit dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s habit of making tall promises with poor records of their delivery on the ground, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said that he didn’t believe in making fake promises.
News agency ANI quoted Gadkari as saying, “Sapne dikhane waale neta logon ko acche lagte hain, par dikhaye hue sapne agar pure nahi kiye to janta unki pitayi bhi karti hai. Isliye sapne wahi dikhao jo pure ho sakein….Mai sapne dikhane waale mein se nahi hu. Mai jo bolta hu wo 100% danke ki chot par pura hota hai. (People like those political leaders, who sell dreams, but when those dreams are not fulfilled, they also beat up those politicians. That’s why sell only those dreams that you are capable of fulfilling. I am not one of those politicians who sell dreams. What I say I fulfill it with elan.)”
Taking a dig at PM Modi, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “@PMOIndia sir @nitin_gadkari is showing you the mirror ,and in a very subtle way.”
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) January 27, 2019
He wasn’t alone in interpreting Gadkari’s comments as a direct attack at Modi, who has been repeatedly accused of not fulfilling his election promises. A tweet by Madhya Pradesh Congress read, “Union minister Nitin Gadkari has launched a direct attack on PM Narendra Modi… Modi ji, the people are coming.”
केन्द्रीय मंत्री नितिन गडकरी ने बोला पीएम नरेन्द्र मोदी पर सीधा हमला..?
नितिन गडकरी ने कहा –
“सपने दिखाने वाले नेता लोगों को अच्छे लगते हैं, पर दिखाये हुये सपने अगर पूरे नही किये तो जनता उनकी पिटाई भी करती है, इसलिये सपने वही दिखाओ जो पूरे हो सकें।”
-जनता आ रही है। https://t.co/AJm6EKSWce
— MP Congress (@INCMP) January 27, 2019
This is not the first time that Gadkari’s cryptic comments have been viewed as an indirect attack on Modi. Last year, when asked about achche din, Gadkari had said, “Modiji said the same thing somewhere and it has now become the source of embarrassment (gale ki faans ban gaya hai) for us.” He said that there was no such thing as achche din, a term that Modi coined during the 2014 elections.
More recently, Gadkari has made several comments that were also viewed as his attack against the BJP leadership in the aftermath of the party’s defeats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In December last year, he had launched a blistering attack against his party chief for not owning up the defeat in three states in the just-concluded assembly polls.
Later, when the party announced various committees to work on the campaign of this year’s Lok Sabha polls, he was excluded from the key committee on drafting the BJP’s manifesto.