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Union minister Nitin Gadkari lauds former PM Indira Gandhi, says she proved herself without quota

Eulogising Indira Gandhi, Gadkari on Sunday said that she did not need reservation to prove her mettle and did better than male leaders in the Congress.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Nagpur Published on: January 08, 2019 8:53 IST
Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari seems to have landed himself in trouble by praising former prime minister Indira Gandhi. 

Eulogising Indira Gandhi, Gadkari on Sunday said that she did not need reservation to prove her mettle and did better than male leaders in the Congress.

While Congress leaders are elated over Gadkari’s statement, it has not gone down well with many BJP leaders. 

Praising Indira Gandhi, the senior BJP leader said he was not opposed to women’s reservation, but was against politics based on caste and religion.

The BJP has been critical of Indira Gandhi over the imposition of Emergency in the country.  “Indira Gandhi proved her mettle in her party among other dedicated male leaders. Was it due to reservation,” Gadkari said.

Women BJP leaders Union minister Sushma Swaraj, former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did well in politics sand reservations, he said.

“I am not against women’s reservation. Women should get reservation. I am not opposed to it,” he said while speaking during the inauguration of an exhibition by women self-help groups (SHGs) here Sunday.  

The minister said he was against caste and religion-based politics. A person excels on the basis of knowledge and not because of language, caste, religion or region, he said.

“One makes progress on the basis of knowledge. Do we ask about the religion of Saibaba, Gajanan Maharaj or Sant Tukdoji Maharaj? Have we ever asked about the caste of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar or Jyotiba Phule? I am against politics based on caste and religion,” Gadkari said.

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