A day after Rahul Gandhi tweeted a video that transcribes Nitin Gadkari as saying in Marathi that the BJP “was confident it could never come to power. So some leaders suggested, just make tall promises. If we do not come to power, we won’t be responsible anyway,” The Union minister hit back at the Congress chief, describing his allegations as ‘false’, ANI reported.
First check the video here:
सही फ़रमाया, जनता भी यही सोचती है कि सरकार ने लोगों के सपनों और उनके भरोसे को अपने लोभ का शिकार बनाया है| pic.twitter.com/zhlKTrKHgU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 9, 2018
The Congress president commented in his tweet: “You are right. The public also believes that the government exploited their dreams and their trust. Neither is the date of the purported interaction clear, nor is it clear which government the Maharashtra leader was referring to.
Gadkari said Rahul Gandhi should first learn Marathi to understand his statement.
“From when did Rahul Gandhi start understanding Marathi? He should have understood Marathi from someone. He had done this before. Without understanding it, he commented on what I did not say,” Gadkari said.
Gadkari on Wednesday narrated the backstory and explained the context behind his comments. Here is the full clarification:
“I was appearing on a show on the channel Colors Marathi. There was a discussion happening on poll promises. When there were Vidhan Sabha elections in Maharashtra, Gopinath Munde and Devendra Fadnavis had told me that they want to announce that they will do away with tolls.
I tolls them not to say anything like that since it will have financial repercussions. Then they said to me that the BJP government is set to come to power. To which I said that if we do, we will have to solve the problem (deliver on the promise).
Then I said that since we’ve been on the Opposition for many years, we made certain promises in the poll memorandum, ass we were not used to be in power.
This entire clip of the Marathi show is available with Manoj Wadekar. You can take it from him and get translated if you don’t understand.
I didn’t name Modiji in the meeting, neither did I name BJP. I also did not talk about the Rs 15 lakh promise. A Delhi based newspaper put out a completely baseless report.
Since when has Rahul Gandhi started understanding Marathi? He should have gotten it translated from someone first. Without understanding it, he congratulated me on Twitter as well. He has done this before. I want to tell you all that I have always delivered on my promises. The discussion that happened in the Marathi show about tolls, that too has been fulfilled by Fadnavis by eradicating tolls.
There was no reference to whatever was reported.”
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 available to viewers on 5 October.
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