Union Minister Nitin Gadkari got candid while exploring a plethora of topics revolving around 'Shifting Gears: 2019-2024" at the Republic Summit 2018. During an elaborative discussion on BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, Mr Gadkari used a Marathi proverb to explain the equation between the two parties in the state of Maharashtra. Here's what he said:
"Have you heard of a Marathi Proverb? Tujha Majha Jamena...Tujhya Vachun Karmena. This means Can't live with you, can't live without you. The alliance of Sena and BJP was done on the basis of Hindutva. Even now, there is no conflict between the two parties on the basis of Hindutva. I feel that for the benefit of Nation, for Maharashtra and for the citizens, BJP-Shiv Sena should come together. We are trying to form an alliance and I feel that the alliance will take place. I will tell you a philosophy. There are two lines, one is your and one is his".
Responding on the coalition of the Opposition parties ahead of the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, the former BJP president pronounced that 'Mahagathbandhan' is synonymous to the alliance of the weak.
First time ever, commenting on the topic, he said, "I am close to everyone, but this is not my calculative politics. I don't want to compromise on that, I am what I am. I tell people, this is who I am if you want to vote for me or not is your choice. Nobody dies upon losing. There are two characters of Mahaghatbandhan- first people who are weak do Mahagathbandhan. Secondly, they now know that they are in trouble and have no power to fight that's when they all decide to unite. So the one who is weak or defeated, the alliance of such strength-less people is called "Mahagatbandhan".
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari delivered a scintillating report card, full of facts and figures, for the achievements of his various ministries, at the Republic Summit in Mumbai on Wednesday. Gadkari, who holds one of the longest lists of portfolios, is the Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, spoke on how India will be 'Shifting Gears from 2019-2024' to ride the growth surge in the fast lane.
Earlier on the Day 2 of Republic Summit, BJP President Amit Shah also broached a number of key topics. Starting off by talking about how a politician builds his or her confidence by serving society, Amit Shah further spoke about the possibility of an alliance between BJP-Shiv Sena in 2019.
"The reality is that Shiv Sena is a part of our government even today. Their candidates contest in every election. They did it in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and not just in this election but before 2014 also. Running a campaign is a different thing but their candidates stood for elections. Till both the parties come to a conclusion, it's is wrong to comment on the matter publicly. I believe that in 2019 election, Shiv Sena will support us. The discussions are on."
When asked about the Uddhav Thackeray's visit to Ayodhya and the 'Mandir ultimatum' by the Sainiks, Mr Shah said:
"In the matter of Ayodhya, they are not challenging us. They are demanding a temple and we also believe that a temple should be constructed. Where is the challenge? There is no dispute."