Gadkari says not in race to be PM candidate
Guwahati: Nitin Gadkari, who is set to get a second term as BJP President, on Sunday categorically stated that he is not in the race to be the Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"I have said many times that I am not a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. Neither have I made any such claims and nor has anybody offered me the post," he said. He added in a lighter note that "those in the media who are my well wishers keep on writing about such things.”
"I believe that politics in an instrument of socio-economic reform. And that is why I am in politics -- to work for the country, society and the downtrodden people. I do not have any expectations and therefore, there is no such thing," he told reporters at the conclusion of his two-day long trip to Assam.
He also refused to drawn into the issue of a second term as BJP president.
"I have not approached anybody seeking a second term. Anyway, organisational issues are discussed within the party and not in front of media.
"I am a party worker and will fulfil any responsibility given to me," Gadkari said.
Asked when he foresees the next Lok Sabha elections, he said: "I do not want to force anybody." Regarding the recent internal party conflicts in Karnataka and Rajasthan, Gadkari said issues in both the states have been resolved.
He claimed that Congress is on the "backfoot" across the country.
"Soniaji and Rahulji were not able to win assembly seats for the Congress even in Amethi and Rae Bareli. The situation currently is such that not even a single state is showing favourable climate for the Congress."
While conceding that the Congress organisation in Assam is strong, he said the situation in rest of the country is different.
"The (2011) Assam assembly polls 2011 were an exception.
"In all other states, Congress is in backfoot," Gadkari said.