'Not in race for PM post': Gadkari says his only ambition is to work for nation

Reacting to speculations that in case of a fractured mandate, Gadkari would be the consensus Prime Minister candidate, the minister said it is like "Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne" (daydreaming).

Published: 01st March 2019 04:56 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2019 04:56 PM   |  A+A-

Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari Friday said he is not in the race for the post of Prime Minister and termed himself as a "pure RSS" man for whom the nation is supreme.

The senior BJP leader said that BJP would get absolute majority in the upcoming elections and the country would go ahead on the path of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi while "we are standing behind him."

Reacting to speculations that in case of a fractured mandate, Gadkari would be the consensus Prime Minister candidate, the minister said it is like "Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne" (daydreaming).

"I have nothing to do with it. I am not in the race. Modi ji is the PM and will become Prime Minister again. I am from RSS (Mai RSS wala hun). Our mission is to work for the nation. The country is progressing in terms of development and growth under Modiji's leadership. We are standing behind him. Where does the question arise of my becoming the PM," he said in reply to a related query.

Asserting that "I am not a calculated politician", Gadkari said BJP would return to power with absolute majority and added that this time he was going to get 5 lakh votes against 3.5 lakh in the last elections.

He said he spoke whatever he felt from within and added "Neither I dream it, nor there is any liaisoning, nor any PR."

"I have a bad habit. I tell before 10 lakh Muslims that I am a pure RSS man vote me if you want otherwise do not regret. I have the conviction to say this. I am not a calculated politician. I am a good BJP worker. Country is supreme for me. I work for it. It should be happy, prosperous, strong and become the world's economic power," Gadkari said.

He said his mission is the welfare of villagers, farmers and socio-economic transformation and "Under Modiji's leadership and as per our ideology much work has been done and will be done in future also."

"I have come as a supporter in this work and will do whatever work is assigned to me for the country," he reiterated.

In reply to a query as to why he was favourite among the opposition leaders, Gadkari said he was a workaholic and believes in hard work.

"Whoever comes to me, my thinking remains positive. I tell my officials that he has come to me that means he has some problems so keep positive approach and solve it. Receive (them) nicely and if not possible tell the problems and why it cannot be done.

I do not behave as per political calculation. This is my natural behaviour and that is why opponents also becomes my friends," he said.

Asked whether he believed in "Congress mukta Bharat", he said the ideologies of both the parties are different and "we are not enemies of each other.

Difference of opinion can be there. It is our tradition. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jawaharlal Nehru and even Modiji welcomes the opposition party."

On job potential, the Minister said it is more in "private-public sector" than the government and entrepreneurship should be promoted.

There is a difference between Job and employment, he said adding that "I tell the youth to become one who can give jobs not seek. Increase entrepreneurship".

On projects with Delhi government, he said in 13 projects work was on worth Rs 4,500 crore besides the work on Yamuna, Ramnadi, Kali Ganga and 40 tributaries.

Talking about highways, the Minister said by March, the construction of highways was likely to reach 34 km a day against 28 km a day last year.

He said highway projects worth Rs 50,000 crore were underway while bridge at Dhaulakuan to decongest Delhi will be inaugurated Saturday and added that foundation stone by the Prime Minister for Dwarka Express Highway is likely soon.

About works on Ganga, the Minister said that during his recent visit for "kumbh snan" people told him that for the first time in 50 years they found the river "nirmal and aviral".

On ethanol he said that the plans were to take Rs 11,000 crore ethanol economy to Rs 2 lakh crore.

He said he wanted to work in the direction of public transport.

Besides, there is 2 lakh crore worth of possibility in biofuel economy and diversification of agriculture was needed.

He said his Ministry alone has worked for projects worth Rs 10 lakh crore.

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