New Delhi: Calling himself a ‘pure RSS man, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday clarified that he is not in the race for Prime Ministerial position. “Modi ji is the PM and will become Prime Minister again. I have nothing to do with it. I am not in the race. I am from RSS (Mai RSS wala hun). Our mission is to work for the nation. Country is progressing in terms of development and growth under Modiji’s leadership. We are standing behind him. Where does the question arise of my becoming the PM,” Gadkari said ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Earlier on Wednesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at an award ceremony had said the prime minister’s post has been booked for the next two general elections.
When actor Riteish Deshmukh asked who from Maharashtra, including Sharad Pawar and Nitin Gadkari, can become the prime minister, Fadnavis said, “Let me tell you, this question does not arise, because the post for prime minister has already been booked… Not only for this year’s election, but also for the 2024 polls.”
“Though, I would be more than happy if someone from Maharashtra becomes the prime minister after that,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gadkari also exuded confidence and said that BJP would get absolute majority in the upcoming elections and the country would go ahead on the path of development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reacting to speculations that in case of a fractured mandate, Gadkari would be the BJP’s consensus Prime Minister candidate, the minister said it is like “Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne” (day dreaming)”.
Furthermore, he asserted that his mission is welfare of villagers, farmers and socio economic transformation. “Under Modiji’s leadership and as per our ideology much work has been done and will be done in future also. I have come as a supporter in this work and will do whatever work is assigned to me for the country,” he reiterated.
On being asked why he was favourite among the opposition leaders, Gadkari said he was a workaholic and believes in hardwork.
“Whoever comes to me, my thinking remains positive. I tell my officials that he has come to me that means he has some problems so keep positive approach and solve it. Receive (them) nicely and if not possible tell the problems and why it cannot be done. I do not behave as per political calculation. This is my natural behaviour and that is why opponents also becomes my friends,” he said.
Asked whether he believed in ‘Congress mukta Bharat’, he said the ideologies of both the parties are different and “we are not enemies of each other. Difference of opinion can be there… It is our tradition. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Jawaharlal Nehru and even Modiji welcomes the opposition party.”
(With PTI inputs)