Nitin Gadkari Praises Jawaharlal Nehru; Says Tolerance Is The Biggest Quality
'If I am the party president, and my MPs and MLAs are not doing well, then who is responsible? I am,' he added, without naming Amit Shah.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday showered praises on Jawaharlal Nehru, saying that he liked listening to the first prime minister’s speeches. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader spoke on the virtues of “tolerance” at the annual IB endowment lecture.
“He would say every person should think that he is not a problem for the country, and I would also think so,” Gadkari said, referring to Nehru. “Half of the problems would be solved if each individual decides not to create them,” he added.
According to an Economic Times report, as per Gadkari, Nehru had stated, “India is not a country. But, it is a population.” The Minister for Highways and Road Transport also said, “Tolerance is the biggest quality and unity in diversity is our real strength.” The statement assumes significance as it comes at a time when right-wing activists are attacking veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for speaking up about violence and intolerance in the country.
“Tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah had said in an interview, adding that he feels anxious for his children.
In a thinly-veiled attack at BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said, “If I am the party president, and my MPs and MLAs are not doing well, then who is responsible? I am.” News 18 reported that he asked officials to be polite in daily dealings and value human relationships.
“You can’t win elections only because you speak well. You might be a ‘vidwan (learned)’, but people may not vote for you,” Gadkari said. “One who thinks he knows it all is mistaken. There is a difference between confidence and ego. You should be confident but keep ego away,” the minister added.
Considering that the Modi-Shah duo has been attacked for ‘arrogance’ and refusal to take responsibility of BJP’s defeat in the recently held assembly elections in five states, Gadkari’s comments hint that resentment against the duo is growing within the party as well.