Don't yearn for posts: Gadkari to MLAs

“Every legislator wants to become a minister, but not everyone can become one,” he said during a web chat at the Maharashtra BJP office here.

His comment assumes significance in the backdrop of the latest crisis in Karnataka, triggered by a cabinet reshuffle. Gadkari lashed out against the JD(S) and the Congress for destabilising the only BJP government in the South and attributed it to the use of money power. “This kind of politics is started by the Congress party. The government in Karnataka is destabilised by the JD(S) and Congress’ money power,” he said.

Border row
Replying to a question on the party’s stand over the vexed Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute, Gadkari said: “This issue is related to the Central government. When there is a dispute between states, the Centre or the Supreme Court should resolve the issue.”  
The issue is pending in the Supreme Court after Maharashtra filed a special leave petition seeking merger of the Marathi-speaking areas, including Belgaum and Karwar, with Maharashtra. Karnataka has strongly opposed the petition on the grounds that the issue was closed after the award of the Mahajan Commission.

Asked how was he going to tackle the “Rahul Gandhi charisma”, Gadkari said: “There is no Rahul charisma. The Congress is a proprietary concern and the BJP is a democratic party. Rahul will have to go through the Bihar litmus test.”

Asked if the recent Ayodhya verdict is a moral boost to the BJP, Gadkari said: “I don’t want to politicise the verdict. Ayodhya is not a political subject. It is a national issue.”

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