Government “Not Taking Decisions In Time” Nitin Gadkari
NEW DELHI : Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is known for his outspoken statements, has once again spoken in his own style. Addressing an event, he said, “the government does not take decisions on time and this is a problem.” Addressing NATCON 2022 event in Mumbai, he was quoted as saying that time is “more important than technology or resources”.
“You can make miracles…and the potential is there…My suggestion is the future of Indian infrastructure is very bright. We need to accept good technology, good innovation, good research and successful practices in the world and in the country.
We should have alternative materials by which we can reduce costs without compromising on the quality. And time is the most important thing in the construction. Time is the biggest capital. The biggest problem is the government is not taking decisions on time,” said Gadkari .
Gadkari, whose chronic plain-speaking appears to have cost him his spot in the BJP’s top decision-making body, has fired a new zinger. The government is “not taking decisions in time” and that’s a problem, Mr Gadkari said at an event on Sunday.
Gadkari, an outspoken leader who enjoys good relations with leaders across the political spectrum, was dropped from the BJP Parliamentary Board last week. His exclusion from the BJP’s top decision-making body was seen as an indication of his diminishing political stock. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, perceived as Gadkari’s rival, was included in the BJP Central Election Committee.
However, party leaders believe that Gadkari’s statements were not for any particular government, but for governments in general.
On Sunday, Gadkari attributed the BJP’s rise to power to the work done by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Deendayal Upadhyaya. While addressing an event, he recalled listening to Vajpayee’s speech at the BJP’s 1980 conclave in Mumbai.
“Atalji had said that Andhera chhatega, sooraj niklega, kamal khilega (The darkness will disappear, the Sun will come out and the lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) will bloom) one day,” Gadkari had said, adding, “Atalji, Advaniji, Deendayal Upadhyaya and many workers did such a work that today we are in power under Modiji’s leadership in the country and and in many states.”
While speaking on power-centric politics, Gadkari had also cited RSS ideologue late Dattopant Thengadi and said, “Thengadi ji used to say that every politicians thinks about his next election. He thinks (of next) five years. Because (he thinks) when will the next election come after this election. But every socio-economic reformer who wants to build the society and the country thinks from one century to another century. He thinks of a hundred years. There are no short cuts to this work,” Gadkari had said.Last month as well, Gadkari was quoted as saying that he sometimes felt like quitting politics as there is more to life. He also lamented that politics, nowadays, was more about staying in power than being a vehicle for social change.
There is a mismatch between Mr Gadkari’s words and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments just days ago, highlighting his government’s success in crossing big milestones in what he calls the “Amrit Kaal” – or golden era.At a recent event in Nagpur, Mr Gadkari was quoted as saying that today’s politics was more about power play and that at times he thought of quitting politics.
Hours after his comments on decisions taking time, Mr Gadkari said in Nagpur that the BJP’s rise to power could be credited to Mr Vajpayee, LK Advani and Deendayal Upadhyaya. Mr Gadkari is a former BJP president, so his exit was even more surprising as former chiefs have always been on the panel. Moreover, Mr Gadkari is close to the party’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and frequently got away with digs at his own in the past.
(With Agency Inputs).