Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP-led NDA will win 300+ seats in Lok Sabha, says Nitin Gadkari

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New Delhi | Published: March 15, 2019 9:27:12 AM

“The Opposition alliance against us (BJP) is out of fear… they have developed due to the strength that we have gained through our work during the past five years. Our expectation is that we will win over 300 seats this time,” he said.

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The BJP-led NDA will win over 300 seats in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. However, he brushed off questions about him being considered as a prime ministerial candidate.

“The BJP-led alliance will go past 300 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” Gadkari told The Indian Express and Loksatta in Nagpur during an interaction.

“The Opposition alliance against us (BJP) is out of fear… they have developed due to the strength that we have gained through our work during the past five years. Our expectation is that we will win over 300 seats this time,” he said.

The 61-year-old leader said he was confident that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra will retain 41 seats out of 48 seats in the state which it had won back in 2014 lok sabha polls.

Gadkari, who serves as Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Modi government was asked if he would continue with his current portfolios for the next term.

“I have got a lot in all these years of my political life. Now I am more inclined to do more of social work,” the minister said.

“Earlier I used to dislike Delhi. But now I have taken a liking for it and would like to stay put there,” Gadkari said in response to question on whether he would return to Maharashtra, his home state.

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Nitin Gadkari, whose name is yet to be formally announced for RSS turf, Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency, also warded off questions on being considered as an “alternative” prime ministerial candidate.

Refuting it, he said, “People in the media have very irresponsibly attached misplaced meaning to my straight forward and unintentional statements.”

He also evoked the RSS when he was asked about the praise he gets by leaders across party lines, saying, “It’s not a calculated move. In the RSS, I was taught that one must do constructive work for anyone and everyone. I have scrupulously followed that in my life.”

On Nagpur, he chose to talk about developmental work done during his tenure. “During the past five years, we have undertaken development works of over Rs 72,000 crore in Nagpur, including metro rail, flyovers, bridges, concrete roads, sports stadiums, free medical treatment to over two lakh people, various educational institutions such as Symbiosis, IIM, AIIMS, development of major markets, etc. All this will come until play during elections.”

“The Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur project… was in poor condition before we took over. It is now producing 23,101 (direct) and 42,987 (indirect) jobs,” he added.

He also disregarded over possible caste advantage of Congress nominee Nana Patole adding, “I have never worked under any caste considerations. We (BJP) used to be referred to as a ‘party of Brahmins’. Now all sections of society are largely associated with us.”

He also commended Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on his “successful stewardship” of Maharashtra.

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