Mahagathbandhan a majboori, Modi has made rivals hug: Nitin Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said that Prime Minister Modi’s popularity as a leader had forced “those who used to avoid each other to hug each other”

Union minister Nitin Gadkari dismissed the threat of a grand alliance wresting power from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, calling the mahagathbandhan a game of compromises, compulsions and limitations.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Gadkari said that the reason behind opposition parties joining the alliance was their ‘majboori’ (helplessness).

He said that Prime Minister Modi’s popularity as a leader had forced “those who used to avoid each other to hug each other”.

Gadkari’s statement comes on the heels of a fracture in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar, with former ally  which comprises the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), on Thursday.

“The meaning of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ is politics is a game of compromises, compulsions and limitations. When a party comes to know that they alone cannot defeat the other party, then they forge an alliance. No one comes in an alliance with happiness, they come due to helplessness,” Gadkari told ANI.