In a veiled attack on the former Congress government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ram Madhav on Sunday said that “there was a time when our external affairs ministers were never noticed at international forums including UN”.
“There was a time when our external affairs ministers were never noticed at international forums including UN. There were funny instances like that of once an Indian foreign minister reading the speech of foreign minister of another country. Today, PM and EAM are noticed around the world,” ANI quoted Madhav as saying.
Interestingly, his attacks came a day after the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, attacked the former Congress regime.
Gadkari on Saturday said India is “a rich nation with poor population” as those who ruled the country earlier benefited their own family members.
“We're a rich nation with the poor population. Those who ruled benefitted their own families. Prime Minister gave birth to a Prime Minister, Chief Minister gave birth to a Chief Minister, MLA gave birth to an MLA. Democracy is close to being non-existent. We've to change this,” ANI quoted Gadkari as saying in Hyderabad while he was addressing delegates at the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM).
“Today there is Modi ji and Amit Shah ji. Leadership has kept changing but this party has never run on any particular person's name. This party functions on the basis of thinking and principles,” he further said.
He also clarified that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not one family’s party.
“BJP isn't one family's party. It isn't a party which does politics on basis of caste, religion, language. Vajpayee ji was our tallest leader, but BJP was never identified with his or Advani ji's name. Rajnath ji and I were its presidents, but it wasn't identified with our names,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)