At Idea Exchange, BJP Delhi in-charge Nitin Gadkari plays down differences over the choice for the party’s CM candidate in the state, says the Aam Aadmi Party is not a threat and asserts that the Prime Minister should attend the CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka. The session was moderated by Ravish Tiwari of The Indian Express
Nitin Gadkari: Today, we are facing the worst economic crisis in the history of India. Besides, there’s corruption in governance. A leadership that’s unable to take decisions is the basic reason behind our current problems. We are the principal opposition party and we should come to power after the general elections. But the important question is not who will be in power or whether or not we will get a majority. The most important thing is that can we save this country from the current economic crisis? Also, the law and order situation is very bad. Earlier, there was vote bank politics and sympathy for terrorists. Now, that sympathy has been converted into support for the sake of vote bank politics. Some parties are using their political power to help terrorist organisations and terrorist leaders. This is very unfortunate for the country. Because of vote bank politics, the present government is creating problems for the future of the country by supporting terrorist and terrorist organisations and adopting a sympathetic approach towards them.
Ravish Tiwari: Why did you take so long to announce a chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi Assembly elections?
The BJP is not a family concern; it is a democratic party. For any decision, we consult at all levels and with different leaders. Thus, the decision-making process takes a lot of time. The same process was followed while deciding the prime ministerial candidate. At that time too, there was a lot of consultation. It is very natural for the BJP. In the Congress, one individual is authorised to take all decisions. The master gives order and the servants obey. In our party, there are a number of masters.
Pragya Kaushika: You had earlier said that the BJP has decided not to field a CM candidate. What happened now?
There was a feeling in the party that people need a face, otherwise it will be difficult for the party to get votes. After discussing this with all leaders, particularly those from Delhi, and after studying all the surveys, we came to the conclusion that we have to