New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, known for his plainspeak, has said that he would rather drown in a well rather than joining the Congress party.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said this while addressing a gathering of businessmen & entrepreneurs in Maharashtra’s Nagpur during the weekend.
Gadkari ‘drawing comparison’ between Congress and a well is very much in line with the flagging fortunes of the grand old party. Congress has been beset with growing list of dissenters inside and some veterans as well as young turks have left the party recently.
Recalling a prior incident, Gadkari told the audience that when he was a youth leader, Congress leader Shrikant Jichkar had extended offer to him to join the Congress party for ‘better future’.
“He told me that I had a good political future, but I was in the wrong party. He asked me to join Congress Party,” Gadkari said.
“I told Shrikant, I would die by jumping into a well rather than joining Congress party because I don’t like its ideology,” Gadkari said.
#WATCH | My friend once advised me to join the Congress, I said, I’d rather drown in a well than join the Congress party. I don’t like the ideology of the Congress: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari (27.08)
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On a lighter note, Gadkari also quoted Richard Nixon to enthuse the entrepreneurs and advised them to always aim for the sky.
“Young entrepreneurs should always be fond of former US president Richard Nixon’s autobiography in which he said that the man is not finished when he is defeated but he is finished when he quits,” Gadkari said.
The Union Minister was recently in the news as he was dropped from BJP’s Parliamentary Board, the tallest decision-making body of the party. Gadkari along with MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan were among the top-rung leaders of the party, who were shown the door from the BJP’s parliamentary board.
Notably, this was for the first time that the BJP Parliamentary board was reshuffled after JP Nadda taking over reins of the party in 2020.