New Delhi, Jan 11: Congress on Thursday slammed union minister Nitin Gadkari for his comment on Indian Navy. Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, terming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pseudo-nationalist, said that Nitin Gadkari has not only insulted Indian Navy but also questioned its valour. In a tweet, Surjewala said the BJP now wishes to issues of certificates of loyalty to Indian Navy.Also Read - 3 Navy Personnel Killed, 11 Injured in Explosion Onboard INS Ranvir At Mumbai's Naval Dockyard, Probe Ordered
Gadkari, addressing an event in Mumbai, has courted controversy by saying that Indian Navy officers should go to Border for patrolling instead of asking plots in posh localities in South Mumbai. “Actually, Navy is needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in. Why does everyone (in the Navy) want to stay in South Mumbai? They (Navy) had come to me, asking for a plot (of land). I will not give even an inch of land. Please don’t come to me again,” said Gadkari. Also Read - Minimum 6 Airbags To Be Made Mandatory In Vehicles That Can Carry Up To 8 Passengers
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He added that he will not allot a single inch of land to navy officers. “Everyone wants to build quarters and flats on south Mumbai’s prime land. We do respect you (Navy), but you should go to the Pakistan border and do patrolling,” said Gadkari.
He also accused Indian Navy of stalling development projects in the financial capital of the country. Navy recently declined permission for building a floating jetty at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, where a floating hotel and seaplane service are planned.
Navy declining permission for building a floating jetty at Malabar Hill in south Mumbai, where a floating hotel and seaplane service are planned. “I heard that you (Navy) gave a stay to the floating jetty plan at Malabar Hill, despite it getting the high court’s nod,” added Gadkari.
(With inputs from agencies)