NCP leader Sharad Paward has said that he was worried about his ‘friend’ and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari particularly after the latter emerged as an alternative to Narendra Modi.
“(Nitin) Gadkari is my friend. We have worked together. There is talk about his name being pushed (as an alternative to Modi) and because of that I am worried about him,” Pawar, according to news agency PTI, told reporters at an event in Pune.
Pawar worrying about Gadkari was viewed as an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
Pawar’s comments assume significance in light of Gadkari making a series of comments allegedly targeting Modi and BJP President Shah. Soon after the BJP lost assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Gadkari had launched a blistering attack against his party chief for not owning up the defeat. Speaking at the annual endowment lecture to Intelligence Bureau officers on Monday, Gadkari had said that if he was the party president, he would be responsible for the defeat of ‘MPs and MLAS.’
Last month, 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, Gadkari had said that he didn’t believe in making fake promises.
More recently, Gadkari said that those who could not manage their homes were incapable of managing the country. Gadkari was quoted as saying, “I meet many people who say we want to devote our lives for the BJP, for the country. I asked (one such person) what do you do, and who all are there in your family. He said I have closed my shop as it was not doing well….there is wife at home, children.”