Bangalore, Jan 31: BJP President Nitin Gadkari has denied making a direct comparison between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking to reporters, Gadkari said, "I never compared Modi to Mahatma Gandhi."
"I said that Modi inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Deedayal Upadhyaya, was carrying out all programmes to help the poor and was following in their footsteps," he said, a day after his controversial remark.
On his first visit to Gujarat as BJP chief on Saturday, Jan 30, Gadkari had said both ( Mahatma Gandhi and Modi ) believed that politics was an instrument to alleviate poverty.
Congress criticized Gadkari's remarks that coincided with the 62nd death anniversary of the Mahatma.
He asked the media to present "news as news and not to mix views and to be fair and to report only what is said."