Congress slams Gadkari, says pseudo-nationalist BJP wants to issue certificate of ‘loyalty’ to Navy

The remarks came after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Navy was needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in and not at Malabar Hill

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 11, 2018 9:28 pm
Congress hits out at Modi on organisation polls Randeep Singh Surjewala said the remarks were shameful and unacceptable. (File Photo)

The Congress on Thursday lashed out at Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari for ‘insulting’ the Indian Navy and questioning their valour and dedication. The remarks came after Gadkari said the Navy was needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in and not at Malabar Hill.

“Navy is needed at the borders from where terrorists sneak in. Why does everyone (in the Navy) want to stay in South Mumbai? They (Navy) had come to me, asking for a plot (of land). I will not give even an inch of land,” the Union minister said at a public event in Mumbai in the presence of Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.

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Calling the remarks shameful and unacceptable, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the pseudo-nationalist BJP now wanted to issue certificates of loyalty to the armed forces. “Union Minister Nitin Gadkari insulted the Indian Navy and questioned their valour and dedication. Pseudo-Nationalist BJP now wants to issue certificates of ‘loyalty’ to India’s armed forces,” Surjewala tweeted.

Gadkari apparently was upset at the Navy’s decision to deny permission for a floating jetty at Malabar Hill last week. “I heard that you (Navy) gave a stay to the floating jetty plan at Malabar Hill, despite it getting the high court’s nod,” Gadkari said.

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  1. Ryan:Hindu Terrorist Buster Ryan
    Jan 12, 2018 at 4:30 am
    All the cowpee drinking, ,cow dung eating BJP/RSS hindu fundamentalist terrorist pigs with thir leader the mass murderer feku pig should be sent to the border to face pakistani bullets and bombs.
    1. Black Cobra
      Jan 12, 2018 at 3:27 am
      First of all Congress has no right to criticise BJP on patriotic matters. In past it had compromised security of Jawans by procuring inferior equipments.
      1. Aho Bilam
        Jan 12, 2018 at 12:27 am
        There is a reason for being blunt.. The Cong will work it out with the Navy and create another Adarsh Scam. Prime land in the city being used by Navy, Army or Airforce needs to be revisited. Like in Bangalore... If you can move the passenger airport, u can move a lot of stuff which is in the prime areas of the city.
        1. Suhas Gha
          Jan 11, 2018 at 10:03 pm
          If he questions why navy requires housing in south bombay, give a housing complex to all bjp ministers and mlas in kalyan dombivli, badalapur or vasai virar and let them comute to south bombay like lakhs of people travel daily. Start this from bjp ministers and bjp mlas. Start with cms bungalow. Shift it to badalapur. Let him comute daily to south bombat by train. And then ask such stupid question. And whenever u come to bombay, stay somewhere kalwa or kalyan and go to bombay by train and then ask such question. Jithe apale kam nahi he nak khupasu naye. And dont doubt navys decisions and dedication.