“Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched a scathing attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” tweeted the Madhya Pradesh Congress on Sunday. The cryptic tweet shows how Gadkari’s ‘sapne’ remark gave ammunition to the Opposition ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections scheduled sometime in April. A day before, addressing an event, Gadkari had said that "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. "I'm not one of those who spin dreams. Whatever I say is with 100 per cent authority," the minister added.
केन्द्रीय मंत्री नितिन गडकरी ने बोला पीएम नरेन्द्र मोदी पर सीधा हमला..?— MP Congress (@INCMP) January 27, 2019
नितिन गडकरी ने कहा -
“सपने दिखाने वाले नेता लोगों को अच्छे लगते हैं, पर दिखाये हुये सपने अगर पूरे नही किये तो जनता उनकी पिटाई भी करती है, इसलिये सपने वही दिखाओ जो पूरे हो सकें।”
-जनता आ रही है। https://t.co/AJm6EKSWce
The Congress was not the only party that used Gadkari’s words to attack PM Modi. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi took a dig at the Prime Minister and tweeted, “@PMOIndia sir @nitin_gadkari is showing you the mirror ,and in a very subtle way ........” This comes after last year’s controversy, when certain media reports suggested that Gadkari’s name was doing the rounds as next Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP. At that time, Gadkari was forced to clarify his stand. “Let me make it clear once and for all that conspiracies to create a wedge between me and the BJP leadership will never succeed. I have been clarifying my position at various forums and shall continue to do so and expose these nefarious designs of our detractors,” the Union Minister had tweeted in December last year.
On Saturday, Nitin Gadkari, who is also known as one the highest performing ministers in the Modi government, said that the government will take up Rs 50,000-crore projects to decongest Delhi that is battling with the twin problems of air and water pollution.
Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari was addressing an event here after laying the foundation stone for a Rs 2,820-crore highway corridor project that will link Akshardham to the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) junction on Baghpat road.
"Delhi is facing problem of air and water pollution. There are frequent traffic jams. We have taken a decision to start work on Rs 50,000 crore highway projects to decongest it," Gadkari said.
He said the foundation stone for Dwarka Expressway, to be built at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore, will be laid next week and time has been sought from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this.
The minister announced that the work on Delhi-Meerut Expressway will be completed by March, and April onwards, people can reach Meerut from Delhi in 40 minutes instead of the current 3.5 hours. Listing various projects for Delhi, the minister also said a new ring road Urban Extension Road (UER) will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4,000 crore.