Bhandara (Maharashtra): In a departure from
his party`s initial coyness in naming NCP leaders and fellow
Maharashtrians Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel for price rise
and the IPL issue, BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said the
two were more interested in cricket than in farmers` problems.
Addressing a mammoth farmers` rally in Patel`s Lok Sabha
constituency here, Gadkari said `Purti` an NGO run by him had
bought the local non-functional Wainganga Cooperative Sugar
factory recently to generate employment for the youth of the
region and to make farmers debt-free.
"Government wants to know who will run this sugar
factory. Leaders from here are more interested in cricket than
in running a sugar factory, half-clad girls during the
matches. Rashtrawadi (a reference to NCP) leaders Sharad Pawar
and Praful Patel are more interested in cricket than problems
of farmers, the unemployed and the poor," Gadkari said.
Till now BJP leaders have focused their criticism of
price rise and even the IPL issue on the Congress-led UPA
For rising prices of essential commodities, the main
opposition has maintained that the whole Manmohan Singh
cabinet and especially the Prime Minister himself- being a
renowned economist- is responsible.
Gadkari said the two NCP leaders were watching cricket in
floodlights at night while there was load-shedding up to 24
hours in the Vidharba region.
"If you vote for us (BJP), I assure you that if I do not
stop power load-shedding in two years, I will quit politics.
Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel are watching cricket at night in
floodlight. There it is Twenty-Twenty and here it is
(power-cut) 24x24 (hours)," Gadkari said.
The BJP President also took a swipe at Congress President
Sonia Gandhi for "failing" to remove poverty and give adequate
power supply to people despite making these promises during
"You all said Sonia aayi hai, roshni laayi hai (Sonia has
come, she has brought power). Congress said garibi hatao
(remove poverty) but population of people below poverty line
has actually increased by 41 crore," he claimed.