Fact Check: Old Statement Of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Resurfaces As Recent One

A newspaper clipping is being shared on social media with a claim that union minister Nitin Gadkari has raised questions about the BJP-led NDA government’s way of functioning.

Several users are sharing the same newspaper clip in the context that Gadkari made the statement recently.

The headline of the clip in Hindi read: “नितिन गडकरी बोले- सरकार जहां हाथ लगाती है, वही सत्यानाश हो जाता है”

(Translation: Nitin Gadkari says govt ruins everything it lays hands-on)

A Facebook user shared the post with a Hindi caption: “भाजपा सरकार जहां हाथ लगाती है वही सत्यानाश हो जाता है”

(Translation: BJP government ruins everything it lays hands-on)

Here’s the link to the above post. You can check other similar posts here, here and here.

Fact Check

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be misleading.

We first ran a Google search with some keywords for the news and found out that the statement made by Gadkari is old – from September 2019 – and not a recent one.

According to an NDTV India report, dated 2 September 2019, Gadkari at a program of Mother Dairy in Nagpur, said, “A saint said that you make your socio-economic life yourself. Since then I stopped trusting the government and God. Neither do I ask for help from the government, nor do I go. With the exception of Mother Dairy, my experience is that where the government lays hands, it gets annihilated. Congratulations for some good work going on.”

We also found a tweet by NDTV tweet, wherein Gadkari’s quote was shared.

We also found the same report by HW English, dated September 1, 2019, titled “Nitin Gadkari slams own party, says “BJP govt ruins everything it lays hands on”.

“I do not take the help of the government in completing any project, because wherever the government lays hands, it gets ruined,” the report quoted Nitin Gadkari as saying.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the statement made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is OLD. Hence the claim is misleading.

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