Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who recently made headlines with a series of cryptic comments seen as hidden messages to the BJP leadership, had more to say on Sunday. His words delighted the Congress and Asaduddin Owaisi, who declared that Mr Gadkari’s message was for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“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 (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),” Mr Gadkari told reporters in Mumbai. “(I’m not one of those who spin dreams. Whatever I say is with 100 percent authority).”
“The mediapersons in Mumbai know what kind of a person I am as they have seen how I complete projects. They do trust me,” said the 61-year-old politician from Nagpur.
“People used to laugh at me when I, as PWD minister, used to claim that I was going to build over 50 flyovers in Mumbai, and bring down the travel time between Mumbai and Pune to merely two hours (via 91-km expressway).
“I was ridiculed but I proved them wrong and completed every project I had promised,” Gadkari said.
As the comments created a controversy, Gadkari said his statements had been twisted and alleged “there was a sinister campaign by some opposition parties and a section of the media to twist” his comments and “draw politically motivated inferences to malign” him and his party.