Former BJP national president Nitin Gadkari on Friday admitted that differences within the party led to its dismal loss in Karnataka assembly election. However, he said that the party will win more than 200 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Gadkari was addressing a public discussion programme ‘DSK Gappa’ organised by DSK Foundation.
Gadkari made it clear that he will not come back to Maharashtra state politics. “Looking at the current scenario, anything can happen in the Lok Sabha election and BJP is expected to win more seats in Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and other states.” When asked about the possibility of early polls, he said, “The UPA government is already in intensive care unit (ICU).
Hence, we cannot predict their lifespan and early polls.” He said that state party leaders Devendra Phadnis and Eknath Khadse are capable to guide the party in Maharashtra.
Gadkari said, “During the Purti Group raid only one person stood beside me and that was NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Within 15 days the verdict will be out. I will leave politics if found guilty.”
On helping bring MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray together, Gadkari said, “I have constructed many bridges in the past but this bridge is a bit difficult task. When I had met the late Bal Thackeray when his health was deteriorating, he had express his wish to bring Raj and Uddhav together. I am trying to bring the duo together for the state’s benefit.”