Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday earned praises from UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Lok Sabha, for the “wonderful” work he has been doing to bring improvements in the country’s infrastructure. Two questions, related to Gadkari's ministry were put up in the House during the Question Hour, to which he gave detailed description of the works being executed and works being undertaken for expanding the country's network.
"I must say here that all MPs, cutting across political affiliations, have been appreciating me for the work being done by my ministry in their respective constituencies," he said.
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The House should appreciate the "wonderful" works being carried out by the Union Road Transport Minister, BJP member from Madhya Pradesh Ganesh Singh stood up and told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Singh’s statement came as Gadkari completed the answers amidst thumping of desks by ruling BJP members.
Sonia Gandhi, who was often seen nodding in response to Gadkari’s replies, smiled and started thumping the desk as a sign of appreciation, following which Congress MPs, including party leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, too started thumping the desks appreciating Gadakri's work.
According to some reports last year in August, Sonia Gandhi had written to Gadkari thanking him for his "positive response" to road issues she had raised, relating to her constituency Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi too recently had complimented Gadkari for his remarks that "one who cannot take care of home, cannot manage the country".
"Gadkari Ji, compliments. You are the only one in the BJP with some guts. Please also comment on: The Rafale scam and Anil Ambani, farmers' distress and destruction of institutions," Rahul Gandhi had tweeted and tagged with it the report on Gadkari's comments.
The Union minister had made the remarks last week while addressing former workers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJP's student wing, in Nagpur.
Incidentally, Rahul Gandhi was seen exchanging notes with Gadkari while being seated along with him during the Republic Day parade at Rajpath.
(With PTI inputs)