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Gadkari asks 'right thinking' people to join politics

india Updated: Mar 21, 2010 22:02 IST

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Sunday appealed to the "right thinking" people to join politics to address the issues confronting the country.

"People being killed by terrorists, farmers committing suicides, and rising unemployment should be the reasons enough for the right thinking people to enter politics as good governance and right policies can solve these issues," Gadkari said during a function organised by the Hind Samachar Group of newspapers here to distribute relief to terror-hit families.

"Our political theories and principles are correct but there is a gap between the claims and deeds," he said.

Criticising caste-based politics, Gadkari said, "we not only need social equality but also political and economic equality".

As BJP leaders Navjot Sidhu, Chaman Lal Gupta and P K Dhumal criticised any move to rehabilitate the terrorists, Gadkari said terrorism could be fought with determination and clear policy only.

"To what extent can we go for populist politics... there should be some limit to it," he said referring to the delay in carrying out the death sentence awarded to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru by the Supreme Court.

Appeasement should not happen at least in terror-related cases, Gadkari said.

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal termed corruption, poverty and anti-national elements within the country as real enemies and not the neighbouring countries.

Advocating "bullet for bullet" policy to tackle terrorism, Bitta criticised any move to resume bilateral talk with Pakistan unless it stops cross border terrorism.

BJP national secretary Smriti Irani and Rajya Sabha MP Balbir Punj were among those present on the occasion.