With former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse and BJP state chief Raosaheb Danve in attendance, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday asked party workers not to hanker after ministerial positions and said senior functionary should demonstrate ethical conduct.
Addressing the concluding session of the two-day meeting of BJP’s Maharashtra state executive here, Gadkari appealed to the party workers to devote themselves to organisational work and the national cause.
“Those who crave for position of power are driven by insatiable ambition and they remain unhappy. Ministership and the pomp and power that come with it do not last long. Senior party functionaries should demonstrate ethical behaviour to set an example for new workers,” he said.
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Those seated on the dais as Gadkari spoke included former state Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, who recently resigned in the wake of allegations of wrongdoings, and state BJP president Raosaheb Danve.
“We all have weaknesses. I’d weakness for food. Doctors performed the bariatric surgery (aimed at weight loss to curb obesity) on me and structurally limited my food intake which is good for health.”
“Everybody should choose his own doctor to ensure good health by curbing the cravings,” he added.
Noting that the BJP is a grassroots worker-based party and not a “dynastic” entity, Gadkari said none of the leaders has been able to dictate terms while running it.
Gadkari said his view was backed by his own experience as the party chief.
“I was the president and I know this. This party is not run by the dictates of any one individual – be it Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, myself, Amit Shah, or Narendra Modi. It has a different character and the party belongs to its workers who are the real source of its strength,” he said.
Without taking name of any party, he said the BJP is not a “dynastic” party where the power is in the hands of family members.
“This party does not belong to any individual and has a collective goal that each ordinary party worker tries to achieve as a mission,” he said.
Party workers should keep their interests at bay and work for the party and common people. You should go to the grassroots level and make people aware of the work done by Modi government in various sectors,” Gadkari said.
He also appealed to the party leadership in the state to nurture the common party worker who is an “inseparable part of the party”.
“I joined BJP in 1980. The Congress leader and then minister for state for Home, Shrikant Jichkar had told me that BJP had no future and offered me to join Congress. I told him that I have full faith in my party and though my future is not so bright in this party, I will work for it and if someday I get frustrated, I will commit suicide but will not join Congress,” Gadkari said.
During his speech, Fadnavis once again exhorted the BJP workers to gear up for upcoming elections to various civic bodies.
He asked the district BJP presidents to spend maximum time in their own region instead of Mumbai.
Danve appealed to the party workers to form small groups for reaching out to the people.
In his press conference after the meet, BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari informed about the political resolutions passed during the two-day meeting.
“In a resolution, Shiv Sena was congratulated for completing 50 years while the BJP governments in Centre and at state were congratulated for their remarkable work in last two years,” he said.
Bhandari said during the meet party workers demanded the state government bring out a white paper on the “land and other frauds taken place during the 15-year rule of the Congress-NCP coalition government”.