Nitin Gadkari during an event on Sunday where actress Isha Koppikar joined the BJP said that make political leaders should not make unrealistic promises.
"Sapne dikhane waale neta logon ko acche lagte hain, par dikhaye hue sapne agar pure nahi kiye to janta unki pitayi bhi karti hai.Isliye sapne wahi dikhao jo pure ho sakein.... Mai sapne dikhane waale mein se nahi hu.Mai jo bolta hu wo 100% danke ki chot par pura hota hai...
(People like those political leaders who show them big dreams, but those who don't fulfill the dreams that they commit are given a befitting reply by the people. Therefore, one should only commit what they can fulfill. I am not among those who show people big dreams, I do fearlessly what I talk about.)," he said.
The opposition has latched on the comment had said that the advise was meant for BJP.
Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said, "What he has said is a majoritarian view."
Manoj Jha RJD said that one does not need to know rocket science to understand whom the Union Minister was talking about.
"He has indicated who he is talking about. Woo had promised to bring back Rs 15 lakh black money, give 2 crore jobs? It is clear who he is talking about, one does not need to know rocket science to understand that. Gadkari himself has fulfilled promises in his ministry and did not make unreaslistic promises. The message is clear," he said.
While AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official handle and said that Nitin Gadkari was showing him the mirror, in a subtle way.
"@PMOIndia sir @nitin_gadkari is showing you the mirror ,and in a very subtle way ........" he said in the tweet.
In October, the Congress had tweeted Nitin Gadkari speaking in Marathi at an event translating what he said as "BJP was confident it could never come to power. So some leaders suggested, just make tall promises. If we do not come to power, we won't be responsible anyway."
Gadkari clarified about the statement saying, ""78 days back I went to the Marathi channel for the interview. I told them that during Maharashtra elections Devendra Fadnavis and Gopinath Munde were discussing a poll promise about toll plaza fees. I objected to it by saying that it would be very tough to implement and hence we should not make such a promise. I mentioned to them that we have mostly been in the opposition and have less experience of being in power, hence we face some issues while making poll promises,"