Published On: Fri, May 10th, 2019

Saffron not a Modi-centric party: Nitin Gadkari

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s senior leader Nitin Gadkari said the saffron cannot be an individual-centric party. He denied allegations that it is Modi-centric.

The Union minister added, “BJP neither became Atal [Atal Bihari Vajpayee] or Advaniji’s [LK Advani] party in the past, nor can it ever be only Amit Shah or Narendra Modi’s party.”

Talking to PTI in an interview Gadkari said the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are complementary to each othe. The party is based on ideology and would be not right to say BJP has become Modi-centric.

Gadkari was asked whether BJP is Modi and Modi is BJP, making a reference to past Congress era, during the emergency, whether Indira was India and India was Indira.

He replied there cannot be a family-rule in the saffron party and is absolutely wrong it is Modi-centric lately.

He added, “Elections cannot be won if party is strong but its leader is weak … same can be said if a leader is strong and the party is weak … But yes, a popular leader does come at the forefront naturally.”

Saffron is not Modi-centric party- Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari rubbished claims of opposition parties that the Lok Sabha elections are being fought on nationalism and not on achievements of past five years of BJP-led NDA government.

He said nationalism is a soul to them and not an issue.

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