Congress slams Gadkari for ‘insulting’ Navy, calls BJP ‘pseudo-nationalist’
NEW DELHI: Hours after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari accused the Indian Navy of “creating roadblocks” in improvement initiatives of Mumbai, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed the minister for insulting the Navy and questioning their “valour and dedication”.
Taking to Twitter, the Congress chief wrote:
Shameful & Unacceptable!
Ex BJP President & Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari insults ‘Indian Navy’, questions their valour and dedication.
Pseudo-Nationalist BJP now needs to challenge certificates of ‘loyalty’ to India’s armed forces. https://t.co/Rm9B4WAdPR
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 11, 2018
The Street, Transport and Transport minister on Thursday launched an assault on the Indian Navy for opposing the plans of a floating jetty at Mumbai’s Nariman Level.
“What does the Navy should do with Malabar Hill (in south Mumbai). They need to be guarding the borders of the nation,” Gadkari stated whereas talking at a perform in Mumbai.
”Navy is required on the borders, from the place terrorists come, why does everybody (in Navy) need to reside in South Mumbai,’ he added.
Gadkari went on to say “not an inch” of land could be given to Navy to construct flats or quarters within the space.
“We respect you, however it is best to go to the Pakistan border… Land on the japanese seafront is being developed by the state authorities and Mumbai Port Belief which will probably be for the good thing about native residents,” Gadkari added.