Have warned of thrash­ing if any­body talks casteism in my area: Gad­kari

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - AGEN­CIES /

Union Trans­port Min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari on Sun­day said in a lighter vein that there was no place for casteism in his area be­cause of his “warn­ing” that any­body talk­ing about caste will be “thrashed” by him.

Speak­ing at a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the Pu­naruththan Sama­rasta Gu­ruku­lam in Pim­pri Chinch­wad town­ship here, the se­nior BJP leader said the so­ci­ety should be brought to­gether on the ba­sis of the eco­nomic and so­cial equal­ity, and it should not have any scope for casteism and com­mu­nal­ism. “We do not be­lieve in any casteism...I do not know what do you have but there is no place for castiesm in our five dis­tricts be­cause I have warned every­body that if some­one talks about caste, I will thrash him,” said Gad­kari who rep­re­sents Nagpur Lok Sabha seat. Gad­kari fur­ther said, “the en­tire so­ci­ety should be brought to­gether on the ba­sis of eco­nomic and so­cial equal­ity and unity and it also should be free from casteism and com­mu­nal­ism”.

Gad­kari, who is known for speak­ing his mind, had kicked up con­tro­ver­sies over his pub­lic state­ments in the past. He had said in De­cem­ber last year that lead­er­ship should have the ten­dency to own up de­feat and fail­ures. The re­marks had come days af­ter the BJP's loss in Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh as­sem­bly polls. Gad­kari later clar­i­fied that his re­marks were taken out of con­text.

Last month, Gad­kari had ad­vised fel­low politi­cians against in­ter­fer­ing in “other fields”.

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