Speaking to reporters before winding up his Chennai visit, Gadkari said the State and the Union governments had failed in their duty to provide safety to the Tamil Nadu fishermen and added sarcastically that Chief Minister Karunanidhi could give bullet-proof jackets to fishermen instead of colour televisions. Even Pakistani fishermen who strayed into Indian waters were not shot at and only arrested. “BJP has taken serious note of the situation and would raise the issue in and outside Parliament.”
Answering a question, he said the visit f Nirupama Rao was intended to create an impression in the minds of the people that the government was doing something on the issue. “Its unfortunate.” Leader of Opposition in the LS Sushma Swaraj would shortly visit the kin of the Vedaranyam fisherman who was killed recently, he added.
Asked on Rahul Gandhi’s comment that he was for th retrieval of black money stashed away in safe havens, he said it was a ‘joke’. While Pranab Mukherjee had said that revealing the names of secret account holders was not possible, Rahul had contradicted the government stance. he asked the media ‘not to take Rahul seriously’ as his statements were contradictory.
On the CVC chief Thomas issue, Gadkari said he could not understand the ‘pressure’ on the PM to appoint the bureaucrat to the top post.