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. \u201cThe BJP-led alliance will go past 300 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,\u201d Gadkari told The Indian Express and Loksatta in Nagpur during an interaction. \u201cThe Opposition alliance against us (BJP) is out of fear\u2026 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,\u201d 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. \u201cI have got a lot in all these years of my political life. Now I am more inclined to do more of social work,\u201d the minister said. \u201cEarlier I used to dislike Delhi. But now I have taken a liking for it and would like to stay put there,\u201d Gadkari said in response to question on whether he would return to Maharashtra, his home state. READ ALSO | PM Modi wants two Indias \u2014 one for rich and one for poor: Rahul Gandhi 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 \u201calternative\u201d prime ministerial candidate. Refuting it, he said, \u201cPeople in the media have very irresponsibly attached misplaced meaning to my straight forward and unintentional statements.\u201d He also evoked the RSS when he was asked about the praise he gets by leaders across party lines, saying, \u201cIt\u2019s 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.\u201d On Nagpur, he chose to talk about developmental work done during his tenure. \u201cDuring 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.\u201d \u201cThe Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur project\u2026 was in poor condition before we took over. It is now producing 23,101 (direct) and 42,987 (indirect) jobs,\u201d he added. He also disregarded over possible caste advantage of Congress nominee Nana Patole adding, \u201cI have never worked under any caste considerations. We (BJP) used to be referred to as a \u2018party of Brahmins\u2019. Now all sections of society are largely associated with us.\u201d He also commended Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on his \u201csuccessful stewardship\u201d of Maharashtra.