“We were very confident that we would never come to power, so we were advised to make tall promises. Since we weren’t going to come to power, we wouldn’t be responsible. But then the people voted us into power and now the public reminds us of those promises. We just laugh and move on” Transport minister NITIN GADKARI, speaking on a Marathi TV show, made a somewhat honest admission—that political parties exaggerate and dissemble in order to win votes. Laughing on a sofa, alongside actor Nana Patekar—at the centre of a still roiling storm over sexual harassment— Gadkari perhaps was not expecting his words to be taken literally. But he ended up providing ammunition to critics of PM Narendra Modi’s government. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was quick to tweet about the video, calling it an admission of the government’s penchant for jumlas. In August, Gadkari had embarrassed the government by claiming reservations would not make a difference because there were no jobs. Soon, though, the Union minister was putting out denials. “False,” he said, saying the reference was actually to the 2014 Maharashtra assembly polls and not the general elections.