'Senior leader met me to topple government'

Published: 13th April 2013 10:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2013 10:19 AM   |  A+A-

In a revelation that would worry the Congress, Nitin Gadkari has alleged that he was approached by a senior leader to topple the UPA-II Government during his tenure as the BJP president.

While making this revelation at an event in Nagpur on Thursday, Gadkari, however, refused to divulge the identity of that person, who is a part of the UPA Government.

“I don’t lie in politics. There was one very critical problem, whether the current government would survive or not. At that time, a big leader of the country met me, he is such a big leader that he could bring down the government,” said Gadkari.

“I declined to give any promise or assurance and told him that if you want to pull out of the government, you can pull out and if you want to stay you can stay,” said Gadkari.

Though Gadkari did not reveal the identity of the “very big leader”, he did say about the reasons for his declining the proposition.

“It is not in my DNA to give false promises. I cannot give it at all,” said Gadkari, thus indicating that he believed the UPA Government could not be brought down even if the BJP teamed up with one of the UPA constituents.  The BJP leader said he did not believe in backstabbing.

 “I am a man of principle. Whatever I do, I will do it publicly. I will not backstab,” said Gadkari.

He also took the opportunity to claim innocence in the alleged case of dubious investments in his Purti group of companies.


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