We made false promises to win 2014 elections: Gadkari

The BJP had made several false promises to get elected in the 2014 elections and now in power, does not plan to make good on those promises, minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said this on a reality show he attended as a guest alongside actor Nana Patekar.

Assal Pavhane, Irsal Namune, the Marathi reality show was aired on Colours in two parts on 4 and 5 October. The first part of the episode, titled “When politics meets cinema”, was aired on 4 October, the second part, “Comic banter between Nana and Nitin”, was broadcast on 5 October.

On the show, Gadkari told the audience, “We didn’t expect to come to power. So we were advised to make tall promises...Now that we are in power, people remind us of the promises we made. But nowadays, we just laugh and move on.”

Gadkari’s statement was also shared by the Congress on Twitter, with the message that the Union minister had just proved that the Modi government “was built on jumlas and fake promises”. Party president Rahul Gandhi also tweeted the video. Ironically, in an answer to a different question, the minister stressed on the need for a party to be open and transparent with the public.

Interestingly, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy too has been critical of his party, saying that Modi’s ministers don’t understand a thing about economics. “There is not even a single minister in the Union Cabinet who understands anything about economics. Not everyone is capable of understanding arthashastra,” he had said.