Kolkata, Jun 16: BJP President Nitin Gadkari in a strong rebuttal to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's remark has said that his party ruled nine states in the country and is the only democratic party in India. Most of the other parties are family-owned, including the Congress, he added. Pranab Mukherjee had earlier alleged that the BJP, failing to do well in elections, was giving support to civil movements which can cause anarchy.
Addressing a party meet here on Wednesday, Gadkari said: “We are the only party in the country which has absolute democracy and most of the other political parties are ruled by families. We only can bring proper democratic environment in the country.”
Gadkari said: “We are ruling in nine states in the country and we have won considerably in all the by-elections, whereas the condition of Congress in most of the states is pathetic.”
“In Andhra Pradesh, they (Congress) have won two seats now and also had a poor show in the recent Tamil Nadu polls,” he added.“We are in a strong position in Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, while improving everyday in Uttar Pradesh,” Gadkari said.
Claiming that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in the know of the 2G spectrum allocation process, Gadkari said, “The files went to the cabinet and were passed from there and is it justified to believe that Prime Minister had no knowledge of the deal? Why there was no tender?”.
“The Prime Minister signed all the files and so why he should not be rsponsible? What were the group of Minister and expert finance committee doing?” Gadkari asked. “In the Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi was made a scapegoat. The real culprits are still moving freely and no action is being atken against them” Gadkari added. Gadkari also alleged that Congress and UPA government were trying to throttle the voice of democracy and creating an “emergency” like situation in the country.
Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia of being ‘fascist', Gadkari said, “The government is creating an emergency like situation and forcefully throttling the voice of democratic movement”.
He also equated UPA government's ‘irresponsible' crackdown on Baba Ramdev's movement against black money at Ramlila maidan in New Delhi to Jalianwala Bagh massacre. “The UPA government mercilessly beat the sages and the children, stripped off the clothes of the women and even Baba Ramdev was not spared the UPA government's wrath,” he alleged. “Is it wrong to speak against black money and corruption? Why did the government crackdown on the people who were conducting a peaceful non-violent movement at the dead of night? Why the government is reluctant to publish the names of the people who stashed away money in foreign banks?”Gadkari asked. PTI