Indore: Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Tomar has kicked up a political storm by claiming that “acche din" (good times) was never a BJP slogan in the 2014 General Elections and was attributed to the party by social media users.
"It started on social media that 'acche din' will come and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will have to go and people attributed it to the BJP. We accepted it in all humility but it was never our slogan," he told media persons.
Tomar, who was state unit chief before becoming union minister, said those people who say 'acche din' have not come, should adopt a constructive approach and then they will understand the situation.
Tomar, who was here to participate in a clutch of programmes, said several slogans had become popular on social media during the General Elections. ''One slogan, which got traction, was, 'Achhe din ayenge' and 'Rahul Gandhi nani ke ghar jayenge,” he said.
"It was the people who coined these slogans, the party never said 'achhe din' ayenge," Tomar told reporters while their recording devices were on.
Tomar said the people brought "achhe din" by defeating the Congress. "Digvijay Singh and Rahul Gandhi are having 'burey' din (bad days)," Tomar said.
On rising prices of onion and pulses, Tomar said the government is doing its best to control inflation. All measures are being taken to check rising prices of essential goods but at times the situation is not favourable, he said.
Tomar made these remarks in response to questions if in light of rising prices, whether the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's poll slogan was still valid.