BJP holds government kept 90 percent of 2014 election promises while all others slam it; party also buys time seeking to examine context of remark
In a faux pas that could hurt the fortunes of the BJP, Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the win in the 2014 general election had been unexpected and party leaders were hence advised to make tall promises seeing as they would never be held accountable for not fulfilling them.
Responding to a question during an interview with a Marathi TV channel on Tuesday evening, Gadkari was heard saying, “We were very certain that we can never come to power. So we were advised to make tall promises. If we don’t come to the power, we won’t be responsible anyway.”
He further said, “Now that we are in power, people remind us of our promises. However, these days, we just laugh and move ahead.”
Observers believe that Gadkari’s words will not only cause BJP much embarrassment but has also given more teeth to the Congress to attack the Narendra Modi government.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi shared the video in a tweet saying Gadkari has vindicated what the Congress has been saying all along and what people feel about the present government.
On Wednesday, APN chose to discuss the issue during its trademark debate, Mudda. The participants of the debate included BJP leader Dr Vijay Khaira, Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma, NCP leader Sushma Kashyap, UP Rashtriya Janata Dal vice-president Rajesh Yadav, SP spokesperson Faizan Kidwai, RSS functionary Manobhav Tripathi and Govind Pant Raju, senior journalist. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.
Verma criticised BJP for misleading the nation by making false promises. He said that government should be answerable to the people and the country’s citizens were pained by Gadkari’s remarks. He said Modi was a dictator and the four pillars of democracy were held hostage during his tenure.
Kidwai said that there are independent reports that 15 lakh people have lost their jobs after GST and demonetisation. He said the people are aware of empty slogans by the BJP leadership made prior to the 2014 general elections.
Yadav said the present government has not fulfilled a single promise made during the 2014 election campaign.
Khera, on the other hand, felt it had succeeded in keeping 90 percent of the promises. He was in denial mode saying that it was to be ascertained as to when Gadkari made his statement and in what context he was expressing his opinion.
Raju concluded the debate saying that after the US elections, the BJP has been facing the people’s ire as the list of their grievances has consistently expanded.
—Compiled by MA Kazmi