Former BJP chief and union minister Nitin Gadkari asserts that BJP can never be an “individual-centric” party as it is based on ideology. He strongly refuted accusations that BJP has become “Modi-centric and also disapproved apprehensions of a fractured mandate.
He claimed the party will get more seats than the last Lok Sabha polls. “BJP neither became Atal or Advaniji’s party in the past, nor it can ever be only Amit Shah or Narendra Modi’s party,” he said in an interview . Stressing “BJP is a party based on ideology,” Gadkari said it is wrong to say that “BJP has become Modi-centric.”
He, however, said the BJP and Prime Minister Modi are “complementary to each other.” When asked whether the BJP has become ‘Modi is BJP and BJP is Modi’ on the lines of ‘Indira is India and India is Indira’ slogan given by then Congress president D K Barooah during emergency in 1976, Gadkari said, the party can never be “individual-centric”.
The union minister said that the BJP is an ideology-based party. There can be no ‘family-rule’ in the BJP. It is a wrong notion that the party has become Modi-centric. Party’s parliamentary board takes all the decisions, he added.
“Elections cannot be won if party is strong but its leader is weak. Same can be said if a leader is strong and the party is weak. But yes, a popular leader do come at the forefront naturally, ” Gadkari stressed.
He rubbished the claims that BJP is fighting polls on nationalism instead of its work or achievement in the past five years and said people will vote the party back to power with full majority supporting its development agenda.
“Opposition has tried to bring in poison of casteism and communalism in the polls to derail the BJP’s development agenda, but I am sure people will be with us and we will form the government with full majority,” he stressed.