Did Nitin Gadkari criticise Sambit Patra for adversely affecting BJP’s image?

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Union Minister and former BJP President Nitin Gadkari has slammed BJP spokesperson, who stoked controversies with their ill-conceived statements. It’s not clear which spokesperson in particular he referred to, but Sambit Patra has been at the centre of several controversies because of loose comments in the recent past.

Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari was quoted by news agency ANI, “There’s a spokesperson who has responsibility to speak for party officially, but there are a few ppl in party(BJP) who when they speak to media, stir controversy. One shouldn’t speak such things that lead to controversy; it adversely affects party’s image.”

Gadkari’s criticism for his own colleagues for making controversial comments came just two days after the union minister criticised media for giving importance to controversial remarks made by BJP leaders. He had also termed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s comments calling Lord Hanuman a Dalit as a no-ball.

The BJP lost all three states, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, to the Congress in the recently concluded assembly elections.

Gadkari said that there was nothing wrong in the Congress and other non-BJP parties forming an alliance against his party. He, however, said that this was a sign of their fear of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He told ANI, “Politics is game of compromises&limitations. When a party knows they can’t defeat a party,they form alliance. An alliance isn’t formed with happiness; it’s due to helplessness. It’s fear of Modi ji and BJP that parties who avoided each other are now embracing.”

Gadkari also denied media reports that the RSS was considering replacing Modi with him in 2019 if the BJP failed to secure a majority at the Centre. He said, “No there is no chance. I am happy where I am right now.”

Earlier this week, Kishore Tiwari, a prominent farmer leader in Maharashtra and state-government panel, Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission Chairman, had written to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Suresh Joshi stating that BJP’s defeat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was the direct outcome of “arrogant leaders” who implemented devastating decisions like demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax (GST), fuel prices hike and other anti-people measures.

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