Chandigarh: BJP president Nitin Gadkari courted a major controversy by making abusive remarks against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad for not supporting the cut motions in the Lok Sabha.
Gadkari made the remarks while addressing a party meeting in Chandigarh.
“‘Bade dakarte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke ghar par talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress),” Nitin Gadkari said.
In a damage-control exercise later while talking to mediapersons, the BJP chief offered to withdraw the words if the two Yadavs felt bad.
Gadkari lashed out at the SP, RJD and BSP for not supporting the NDA during the cut motion, alleging that they did so because of their ‘fear’ of the CBI.
He said the two Yadavs ‘pretended to be lions’ but later bowed down before the CBI. In this context, he also made some abusive remarks.
Referring to Mulayam, Lalu and BSP chief Mayawati, Gadkari said, “they are in Opposition, but in reality they are hand-in-glove with Congress.”
Mulayam and Lalu are ‘afraid’ of CBI, he said and accused the investigation agency of ‘blackmailing Mayawati after which she changed her stance (on cut motion on price rise)’.
Later, he said. “I directly or indirectly never had any intention to (indulge in) loose talks, particularly about Mulayam Singhji and Laluji. I respect them as leaders.”
He said his use of the words against the two Yadavs while addressing a party meeting should not be ‘taken literally as that was never my intention and it was never in my mind’.
The Yadavs are ‘respectable leaders. If they feel something bad, then OK, no problem, I’ll take my words back’, Gadkari said.