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Gadkari Calls Lalu, Mulayam Sonia's Dogs

BJP president Nitin Gadkari has courted controversy for making derogatory remarks against the Yadav troika. Speaking in Chandigarh on Wednesday he called Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad dogs of
PTI May 14, 2010 10:02 IST
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BJP president Nitin Gadkari has courted controversy for making derogatory remarks against the Yadav troika. Speaking in Chandigarh on Wednesday he called Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad dogs of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Gadkari was angry with the Yadav leaders for their support to the UPA government during cut motions in Parliament.

Woh Sonia ke talwe chatne waale kutte hain," (Dogs who lick Sonia's feet) said Gadkari who was referring to their volte face during the cut motions in Parliament in the second half of the Budget session in Lok Sabha.

Reacting to Gadkari's remarks, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said he does not want to respond to the remarks of a novice politician of low stature. "Gadkari's remarks do not deserve any response," he said.

Addressing a felicitation function held in his honour by the party here, BJP president Nitin Gadkari directed a poser at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him where Rs 445 crore which came through future forward trading had gone.

"This money has been pocketed by MNCs, speculators and manipulators," he said.

Charging the UPA with failure to fulfil even a single pre-poll promise, he held its "wrong policies" responsible for rising inflation, unemployment, poverty and suicide by farmers.

"Inflation, poverty, unemployment and suicides are not related to any religion, but are a result of wrong economic policies and bad governance of the Congress-led UPA at the centre," Gadkari said.

Taking a dig at the UPA for its "promise" to control inflation within 100 days of coming to power, he said, "The only thing the UPA did in the past one year was that it failed to keep a single promise it made to the people."

Quoting Planning Commission reports, he said the BPL population in the country had increased by 41 crore and accused the Congress of backstabbing the poor.

"Congress has back-stabbed the poor instead of improving their condition during its 53-year rule at the centre," he said, adding that the successive governments headed by the party were responsible for the increase in poverty among SCs, STs and minorities.

 In his 30-minute speech which was full of Congress bashing, Gadkari alleged that the Congress garnered votes by "following the policies of casteism and communalism".

 Accusing the UPA of being indifferent to the plight of farmers, he said, taking a car on loan has beocme cheaper than purchasing a tractor and alleged that the government had no facility to store one-third of the foodgrains produced by the hard working peasants of the country.

"The poor are dying of hunger whereas the government is selling foodgrains to distilleries," he said and asked if it is the way the Congress is helping out the poor.

Taking a dig at the Centre claim that the GDP will touch the double figure mark soon, he said that "infact the inflation will cross double figure mark." The inflation in countries like China and Hong Kong is around two per cent whereas it is 11 per cent in India, he said.

He also lashed out at the SP, RJD and BSP for not supporting the NDA during the cut motion in Parliament on fuel prices alleging that they did so because of their fear of the CBI.

Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Parsad Yadav are afraid of the CBI...the only friend of the UPA is Congress Bureau of Investigation," he said launching a scathing attack on functioning of the investigating agency CBI.

Gadkari said that he rose to become president of the saffron party from being a posterman. "The BJP is a party of workers," he stressed.

However, he said that it was already booked in advance that the head of Congress will become someone from the Gandhi family.

 "Barring a member of Gandhi family no one can ever dream to become head of the Congress party," he said. PTI