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Where Is My Clutch?

Where Is My Clutch?

Nitin Gadkari’s mis-steps aside, he’s still the go-to interface for Modi and the RSS

Where Is My Clutch? SUNNY SHENDE

Gadkari’s Gaffes

  • Benami investments in his Purti group cost him a second term as BJP president
  • There was much controversy over the mysterious death of a young girl in a car owned by him at his Nagpur residence
  • His announcement on the lifting of a ban on e-rickshaws was, it’s alleged, meant to favour a company linked to his family
  • Media reports say the Union transport minister’s Delhi residence was bugged and listening devices were found there
  • An ethanol-fuelled bus donated by a Swedish company was found parked at a sugar factory owned by the minister
  • Is being held responsible for reducing the wage component in schemes under NREGA, affecting five crore rural households
  • The me-too moment—39 MLAs plugging him for Maharashtra CM’s post (see pix)

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Even close friends of Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari are hard put to defend his scooter ride without a helmet in Nagpur. The ride was of course meant as a photo op, so perhaps the helmet would have defeated the effort. But the photograph went viral, inviting criticism and sarcasm. “This no-helmet ride has really been the worst hit so far for Nitinji. He needs to understand that as a public figure, especially as transport minister, he can’t flout rules and regulations. It’s not just about bad press but simply a bad idea, poor planning at his end,” admitted an old friend of his.

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