Cong, NCP giving communal colour to ‘force-feeding’ episode to malign BJP: Gadkari
NASHIK: Union Minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari
has accused the Congress and the NCP of using the Maharashtra Sadan episode
involving a Shiv Sena MP to “malign” the image of the saffron combine.
He said the two UPA allies have tried to give communal
colour to the incident in Maharashtra Sadan, where a Sena MP was caught on
video purportedly force-feeding a fasting Muslim employee, apparently to
protest poor quality services and food at the State Government’s guest house in
The incident rocked Parliament, where the UPA
constituents demanded action against the Sena MP. Congress and NCP have always
used communalism and reservation for vote-bank politics and to “malign” the
image of both BJP and Shiv Sena, he said.
Gadkari was addressing BJP activists at a function
here in North Maharashtra last evening.
Lashing out at the Congress and NCP, who were part of
the UPA Government at the Centre, he said the two parties were responsible for
rising inequality, starvation deaths and unemployment in the country. He said
the BJP-led NDA Government was not against the farmers and maintained the
Centre’s proposed move to ban export of onion was a temporary step to control
Earlier, the Surface Transport and Shipping Minister
inaugurated a two-day seminar organised by the city branch of Builders
Association of India. Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said the Government was
thinking of undertaking cement concretisation of National Highways to increase