Hyderabad: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Friday
alleged that wrong economic policies and "bad and corrupt"
governance of Congress had ruined the country.
"I am saying this with pain...if any party has ruined the
country, the weavers, the farmers and the labourers, it is
Congress," he said.
"Wrong economic policies and bad and corrupt governance
of the Congress party is the basic reason for the ruin of the
country," he said, addressing a public meeting in support of
the hunger strike of BJP`s national secretary Muralidhar Rao
over weavers` problems here.
Referring to the FIR filed by Karnataka Lokayukta against
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Gadkari sought to know
from the Congress leadership, including Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi, why they
had adopted "double standard" over demands of dropping Krishna
from the cabinet.
"After the Lokayukta report against former Karnataka
chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Congress leaders had asked me
why BJP was not seeking his resignation. Despite the report
being controversial, Yeddyurappa was removed," he said.
Gadkari claimed that BJP and NDA would come to power in
all the states and at the Centre in the next elections.
Praising Rao`s hunger strike, Gadkari promised that if
the BJP came to power, it would waive weavers` loans, provide
them with free electricity, and extend all the facilities to
them which the BPL cardholders get.
"I will meet the PM over the weavers problems," Gadkari
The BJP chief later offered lemon juice to Rao and others
to mark the end of the three-day fast.