Porbandar : On his first visit to Gujarat as BJP president, Nitin Gadkari on Jan 30 drew parallels between the Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modi, saying both believed that politics was an instrument to alleviate poverty.
Gadkari, whose visit coincides with the 61st death anniversary of Mahatma, also said that Gandhi and BJP's founding father Deen Dayal Upadhyaya believed in the same ideals of national unity and equality. He said, "I am happy that I am at Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace today and I also had the opportunity to unveil a statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. Both were men who thought national unity of foremost importance. Like him Gandhiji believed that politics should be used as a tool of socio-economic development and not as an instrument of power."