New Delhi: A day after Union minister Nitin Gadkari said leaders who sell dreams to people, but fail to make them a reality get “beaten up” by the public, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday came out with a clarification. News agency PTI quoted Union Minister Prakash Javedkar saying that the former was targeting the Congress and exposing how the opposition party had damaged the country.

“Gadkariji was explaining how the Congress has damaged the country and was citing examples of how the country is progressing under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi…He delivers impactful speeches to expose the Congress,” he said to PTI.

On Sunday at an event in Mumbai, Gadkari had said, “Political leaders who sell dreams to people, but fail to make them a reality get “beaten up” by the public.” The minister had also asserted he is a doer and delivers on his promises.

Meanwhile, the NCP had said that Gadkari’s remark is an expression of voices within the BJP against “Narendra Modi’s failure” as the prime minister.

Last year, Gadkari had said that leadership should have the tendency to own up defeat and failures. The remark had in the backdrop of BJP’s defeat in the assembly elections. BJP lost three states– Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.