‘Nitin Gadkari is showing mirror’: Owaisi uses BJP leader’s ‘spin dreams’ comment to attack PM Modi

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president and Member of Parliament from Lok Sabha Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday took a direct jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his fellow party member and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that politicians should not lie to people and “promise only if you can keep them”.

“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,” Gadkari told reporters in Mumbai. “I’m not one of those who spin dreams. Whatever I say is with 100% authority,” added the minister, who was seen sitting and chatting with Rahul Gandhi at Saturday’s Republic Day function.

In response, Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of AIMIM, tweeted:

After the BJP’s recent setback in the heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, Gadkari had said, “Leadership should have the vrutti (tendency) to own up the defeat and failures. Loyalty of the leadership towards the organisation will not be proved till the time it owns up responsibility for defeat”.

A day later, he alleged that his “detractors” – the opposition and a section of the media – were trying to “drive a wedge” between him and the party leadership.

His tweet read: “In the last few days, I have noticed a sinister campaign by some opposition parties and a section of the media to twist my statements and use them out of context and draw politically motivated inferences to malign me and my party.”

Gadkari has also rubbished rumours about him replacing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fuelled by a letter from a farmer leader to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP.

“Leaders who pursue an extremist and dictatorial attitude in the party and government are dangerous for the society and the country… This has been witnessed before and if history is not to be repeated, hand over the reins to (Nitin) Gadkari for the 2019 polls,” said Kishore Tiwari, chairan of the Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission in his letter to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Suresh Joshi.

There has also been reports that the Shiv Sena has offered to support the BJP if Gadkari is given the top job in place of PM Modi after the elections.