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Gadkari under fire from ally JD-U

Following his statement on the adverse impact of migrations on Delhi and Mumbai, BJP president Nitin Gadkari has come under sharp attack from the Janata Dal (United).

delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2010 00:40 IST
Vikas Pathak

Following his statement on the adverse impact of migrations on Delhi and Mumbai, BJP president Nitin Gadkari has come under sharp attack from the Janata Dal (United).

On Friday, the Delhi JD(U) unit burnt his effigy in the Capital. But this was disapproved of by party chief Sharad Yadav. “This was wrong. They will be served notice,” he said.

Talking to HT, three north Indian state presidents of the JD(U) lashed out at Gadkari, accusing him of speaking the Raj Thackeray language.

“Gadkari said that Delhi and Mumbai are being dirtied by people from UP and Bihar,” JD(U) Delhi chief Thakur Balbir Singh said. “He shouldn’t speak like Raj Thackeray... The fact is that UP and Bihar workers have decorated these cities and made them what they are.”

Madhya Pradesh chief Govind Yadav was equally critical.

“Delhi is India’s political capital and Mumbai the economic capital,” he said. “The money put by the Centre in Commonwealth Games-related projects is national money. People from across the nation thus have a right to be here.”

Then came the unkindest cut. “Gadkari has been catapulted to his post by the RSS, and thus does not understand federalism… He is acting like a local leader,” Yadav said.

UP JD(U) chief Suresh Niranjan Bhaiyya said statements like these harm national unity.”

“We will talk to the JD(U),” said BJP leader Prakash Javdekar. “What Gadkari talked about was urbanisation and its problems, not about one or another state.”