Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi : Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday asked union transport minister and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari not to lose the opportunity thrown up for him by demonetisation to become the Prime Minister.

“If Gadkari wants to become Prime Minister, this is an opportunity to him. He has the backing of RSS also,” Digvijay said in a tweet, noting that he was not only Nagpur MP but also very close to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who propped him up as the national president of the BJP.

Elaborating his call, he said in another tweet that “I am told it was only Nitin Gadkari who questioned Modi in the Cabinet on the issue of demonetisation, but Modi brushed him aside.”

“But now as it appears demonetisation has utterly failed, would Gadkari have the courage to challenge Modi,” Digvijay asked.

In another tweet, without mentioning name of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, he said: “I hope he is not made “Bali ka Bakra” by Modi for the economic mess which demonetisation has created.”

“No doubt a man of impeccable integrity but totally cut off from ground realities of this vast country. My sympathies are with him,” he added.

Gadkari has been away from the capital all these days of the political turmoil over scrapping of the high demonetisation currency notes as he was busy with his daughter”s wedding in Nagpur. All those who figure in who is who in politics, industry and other fields were in Nagpur last Sunday for the wedding.

Meanwhile in Agra, Gadkari repeated his promise of making the Yamuna river navigable and launching special craft that can land on water, hoping that he would be able to come to Agra by one such machine in May 2017.

Gadkari also announced that a barrage downstream of the Taj Mahal would be constructed soon.

Gadkari was in Agra to launch a slew of road projects including the Rs 425 crore southern bypass, Rs 43 crore road widening project between Agra and Fatehpur Sikri, a flyover at Pathauli intersection, Rs 1,000 crore Agra-Bareilly 225 km-long highway and a Rs 1,664 crore Agra-Etawah six-lane project.

Gadkari said the country was confidently marching ahead and it was necessary to provide efficient and cost effective logistic support to boost exports.  “Our cities have to be made pollution-free. A huge technology push will help change the face of the country,” the minister added.

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