Nitin Gadkari slams media for misreporting his statements days after taking veiled dig at Arnab Goswami, Sambit Patra and BJP leadership


Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has been one BJP leader, who has been considerably vocal since his party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan assembly elections. He first took a dig at Arnab Goswami and other media outlets for giving undue importance to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aidtyanath’s statements on Hanuma’s caste. The union minister then slammed his own controversial party colleagues such as Sambit Patra for making controversial statements that, according to him, damaged the BJP’s image adversely.

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More recently, he was in news after a section of media reported that he had attacked his own party’s leadership for not owning up the defeat in the just-concluded elections. He was quoted as saying that nobody was willing to own up to failure unlike success adding that the ‘leadership should have the ‘vrutti’ (tendency) own up defeat and failures.’

However, on Sunday, Gadkari took to Twitter to post a series of tweets clarifying his reported statements. His first 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.”

His subsequent tweet read, “I have time and again strongly refuted such insinuations and once again condemn all these malafide and mischievous out of context reports attributed to me.”

He concluded his social media posts by reiterating that ‘conspiracies to create a wedge between me and the BJP leadership will not succeed.’ He wrote, “Let me make it clear once and for all that conspiracies to create a wedge between me and the BJP leadership will never succeed. I have been clarifying my position at various forums and shall continue to do so and expose these nefarious designs of our detractors.”

Gadkari had reportedly made the comments, allegedly targeting the BJP’s leadership, while speaking at an event in Pune on Saturday.