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Weak Opposition Like Congress Not Good for Democracy, Says Nitin Gadkari

Speaking on the recent show of unity by the opposition parties, Gadkari said the parties should credit BJP for bringing them together.

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Updated:May 26, 2018, 5:56 PM IST
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Weak Opposition Like Congress Not Good for Democracy, Says Nitin Gadkari
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New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari believes “a weak opposition” like that of Congress is not a good sign for democracy. Speaking to News18’s Ashpreet Sethi, Gadkari also referred to Congress President Rahul Gandhi as “immature”.

“From his statements, Rahul Gandhi still comes across as a baby. Unfortunately what Rahul Gandhi speaks is baseless. It is time for Rahul Gandhi to act in a mature way and portray himself as leader of a strong opposition party… It is not a good sign for democracy to have a weak opposition party like Congress,” Gadkari told News18.

“Rahul Gandhi is not mature like Jawaharlal Nehru or Sonia Gandhi. Congress is losing its support base because of immature talks by Rahul Gandhi,” he added.

Gadkari also voiced his confidence on BJP that it will come back to power in the 2019 General Elections and said that he is 100% confident.

Speaking on the recent show of unity by the opposition parties, Gadkari said the parties should credit BJP for bringing them together. He said, “BJP's strength has created a fear among the opposition. BJP and Modi Ji are the architects of this unity among the opposition. All parties are uniting due to the fear of Modi and BJP.”

Touching upon BJP’s relations with its allies like Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and JD(U), Gadkari observed that “in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies”.

He said, “Politics is a game of compositions, conflicts and contradictions. There are no permanent friends or enemies in politics. BJP is stronger than a weak opposition. Opposition is uniting due to fear of a strong BJP party.”

“We have faced opposition unity for years and BJP doesn't believe in political untouchability… BJP doesn’t want to play politics on the basis of caste, creed or sex. We are committed towards social, economic justice and equality,” Gadkari added.

The Union road transport ministry also believes that the Congress party has no major state to itself except for Punjab. Congress and JD(S) formed a coalition government in Karnataka two days ago.

Gadkari said, “Congress rules India across states but where is the Congress party now? How can Congress win elections with majority with no states in hand? BJP is the biggest party in Karnataka, Congress is secondary in the state.”

As fuel prices continue to soar and pinch the ruling NDA government at the Centre, Gadkari reiterated his opinion that fuel should be brought under the ambit of GST.

“It’s 100% time to bring fuel under GST. Maharashtra CM has also agreed to get fuel under GST. We are hoping to get a political consensus on bringing fuel under the Goods and Services Tax,” Gadkari said.

Experts believe if fuel is brought under the GST bracket, the raging prices would significantly go down. The Centre has been at the receiving end of a lot of flak from the opposition recently over fuel prices continuing to peak.
| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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