Gadkari pitches for generational change to cleanse politics

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New Delhi, Feb 11 (PTI) Pitching for a generationalchange to clean the "polluted field" of politics, BJP ChiefNitin Gadkari today expressed disagreement with the adage "oldis gold", saying the youth also have potential.

"The most polluted field is that of politics and forthis, not individuals but political parties are at fault,"Gadkari said releasing a book on RSS ideologue DeendayalUpadhyay here.

He said that "old is gold is not true" and gavethe example of somebody asking him to pay obeisance to a cow,saying that it embodies 36 crore gods. "I will say where, showme", he quipped.

"An effort should be made to understand the mindset ofthe new generation. They also have potential. If they are notworking properly, it is not their fault, it is ours," he said.

The BJP President said that even communism has changedacross the world. "I do not want to comment on anyideologies...communism had fallen in its own backyard. It(communism) has changed in Beijing. But in Kolkata, it has notchanged. May be because of political reasons.

"Nehru was an intellectual. But his economic model didnot give the required focus to development of village economy,irrigation and many key areas and we are now witnessing theconsequences of it," he said.

On the present economic scenario in the country, hesaid, "Government is buying Rs 70,000 crore aeroplanes whenpeople are starving and farmers committing suicide".

Speaking on the book which was released "Journalismand Deendayal Upadhyay", Gadkari said there should be no gagon the media.

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