BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday regretted his utterances against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Laloo Prasad Yadav of Rashtriya Janata Dal in which he had compared the two senior leaders with "the dog who licked the feet of the Congress".
"I just used it as a phrase to explain the things. I respect both these leaders and take my words back," Gadkari told the media here, a day after his public rally in which he had used the phrase.
In his clarification at ‘Meet the Press programme at Chandigarh Press Club here, Gadkari even read that phrase again- ‘Bade dakarte the sher jaise, aur kutte ke jaise ban kar Sonia-ji aur Congress ke aage talve chatne lage’ (these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like
dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and the Congress), while withdrawing the words.
Earlier he, however, pointed out that the MPs of both the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Samajwadi Party had abstained from voting during the cut motion in Parliament that was moved by the opposition recently.
He said the price rise was presently the most important agenda that should be taken up collectively by the entire opposition.