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Described as a ‘two-man show’ to refer to the total domination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah over government and BJP, there is one man who is not in their control.

Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has once again put them on the backfoot with a statement in a reality show that BJP made false promises in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, not expecting it would come to power and be held to account for them.

This has given fresh fodder to the Congress. Sharing the video on Twitter, Congress said Gadkari had proved that the BJP government was “built on jumlas and fake promises”. The video was also tweeted by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

The video, which is part of an interview with a Marathi television channel, shows Gadkari speaking about how the BJP never estimated to come to power in 2014. Bollywood actor Nana Patekar also appeared as a guest on the show. Both Nana Patekar and the minister are seen laughing at Gadkari’s statement.

“We were very confident that we can never come to power. So our people suggested us to make tall promises. If we don’t come to the power, we won’t be responsible anyways. Now people remind us of our promises…we just laugh and move on,” Gadkari says. Ironically, in an answer to a separate question, the minister says the party needs to be more open and transparent to the public.

Gadkari made his statement in an episode of a Marathi reality show ‘Assal Pavhane, Irsal Namune’ that was aired on Colours in two parts on 4 and 5 October. The first part of the episode, titled “When politics meets cinema”, was aired on 4 October, the second part, “Comic banter between Nana and Nitin”, was available to viewers on 5 October.

The Congress was quick to pounce upon the minister’s comments. “Good to see Union Minister Nitin Gadkari concurring with our view that the Modi government was built on jumlas and fake promises,” the party tweeted. Gandhi also took a dig at the Modi government, saying, “You are right (Gadkari). Even the people think that the BJP used their dreams and faith for the party’s gain to come to power.”

In August, Gadkari had left the government red-faced after he said that reservation would not guarantee employment as jobs were shrinking in the country while referring to the Maratha agitation.

“Let us assume that reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?” he had said, giving the Opposition ammo to attack the government.

Earlier, another BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, in an exclusive interview to The Quint, criticised his own party, saying that Modi’s own ministers didn’t understand a thing about economics.

“There is not even a single minister in the Union Cabinet who understands anything about economics. Not everyone is capable of understanding the Arthashastra,” he had said.

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