Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, ahead of filing his nomination from Nagpur, Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections heaped praises on the government's efforts towards development and shunned the Opposition's accusation of downplaying 'Vikaar' by the Modi government.
Speaking to media before embarking on a road-show alongside Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, the Surface Transport and Shipping minister said that work had been done in Nagpur that hadn't even been imagined when the Modi government came into power, claiming that more had been delivered that had been promised in the manifesto.
He said, "Under Modiji, the development work we've done, the people are really supporting it. Because of it, on the back of the government's work, I will win decisively."
He went on to mention the various infrastructure, transport, educational projects that were developed in Nagpur.
Defying the allegations of the Opposition who claim that the Modi government has failed on its promise to create jobs, Gadkari spoke of the projects he'd undertaken in his own ministries, stating that they're worth Rs 17 lakh crore. "If a project worth Rs. 1000 crore is launched, at least 10,000 people get direct employment. So imagine how much employment would have been created," Gadkari said.
"I feel some sectors work fine, some have problems. Like in agriculture there are hurdles but I've given irrigational projects. 50% of work was shut for which 20 crores were given."
When asked about what he plans to do in terms of development works in the next five years, Gadkari spoke about a 'double-decker flying bus' that can connect 500 cities - likely related to the UDAN scheme - and spoke about electricity and transport proliferation.
Finally, on his own chances of retaining his Nagpur Lok Sabha seat, he said that he's fully confident about victory and that he 'will win by over five lakh votes.' In the 2014 elections, he had beaten the second-placed Congress candidate by almost 3 lakh votes.