In a major setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he is on official tour in Maharashtra, a prominent farm leader in the state suggested RSS leadership to replace Modi with union minister Nitin Gadkari, if it wants to win 2019 polls. This suggestion was made by local BJP government official panel Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM) Chairman Kishore Tiwari.
In his letter to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Suresh Joshi, Tiwari said the recent BJP’s defeat in three Hindi states was the direct outcome of “arrogant leaders” who implemented devastating decisions like demonetisation, GST, fuel prices hike and other anti-people measures.
“Leaders who pursue an extremist and dictatorial attitude in the party and government are dangerous for the society and the country… This has been witnessed before and if history is not to be repeated, hand over the reins to Gadkari for the 2019 polls,” Tiwari added.
Just a week ago, Tiwari, who is accorded a Ministerial status, had categorically asked the BJP to “get rid of both Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah” for their anti-farmers and anti-people policies, which led to the party’s stunning defeats in the just concluded elections.
Accusing Modi and Shah of upturning the good works done by the former BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Tiwari said they (Modi-Shah) seem to be interested “only in grandiose Bullet Trains and Metro Rail projects”.
In his letters to the RSS top brass, Tiwari said that considering the “dictatorial approach” of Modi and Shah, which has unleashed fear in the country, it was imperative to have an acceptable and gentle leader like Gadkari, who can take along all viewpoints and friendly parties, evolve consensus and remove fear among people.