New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday touched upon the insecurities among the political leaders and their ambition for power while addressing a seminar in Rajasthan Assembly on Parliamentary System and People’s Expectations in Jaipur.
Commenting on the leaders’ search for power in a jovial manner, Gadkari said, “MLAs weren’t happy as they couldn’t become ministers, ministers were unhappy as they couldn’t get good departments, those with good departments were unhappy as they couldn’t become CM and CM is worried as he/she doesn’t know for how long they’ll continue.”
“Poet Sharad Joshi once wrote that those who weren’t suitable for states were sent to Delhi and those who weren’t suitable for Delhi were made governors, those who weren’t appointed as governors were made ambassadors. This happens in every political party,” Gadkari added.
The real objective of politics is to bring about a change in the life of the common man standing last in the queue but unfortunately, it is considered nowadays a means to grab power, Gadkari said.
Reflecting upon Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of making decisions to benefit the last man in the queue, Gadkari said, “Politics is an instrument to bring about a social and economic change. The real purpose of democracy is to make the people standing at the last rung of the society prosperous and improve their lives through this,” Gadkari said.
“This should be the purpose of politics as well. But, unfortunately nowadays the meaning of politics is understood only to get into power,” he added.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari said it is the behaviour and character of a person that decides the future of democracy.
“The better we are, the stronger and better our democracy will be. That is why we remain loyal to our ideology. Only on this basis, a strong nation can be built by effecting social and economic changes,” he said.
Gadkari said problems are plenty but it is the responsibility of the legislature to bring about a qualitative change leading to the social and economic upliftment of the society.
“Problems are there everywhere — within the party, outside the party, in the constituency — but overcoming the problem and bringing about a qualitative change is the quality of a successful leader,” he said.
Observing that many states, including Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand face the problem of scarcity of drinking water, Gadkari suggested improving the country’s irrigation infrastructure as a way out of the problem.
Advocating for improving the irrigation facility, Gadkari said the country cannot be completely self-sufficient unless farmers become prosperous.
He also urged legislators to improve the road infrastructure and water conservation, which, he said, would increase the country’s GDP and boost its holistic growth.
The seminar was organised by the Rajasthan chapter of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
Assembly Speaker and CPA’s Rajasthan chapter president CP Joshi, Leader of Opposition and CPA vice president Gulab Chand Kataria and independent MLA and CPA secretary Sanyam Lodha also addressed the session.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)