Surajkund (Haryana): Don't touch any colleague's feet in order to go up the party ladder, BJP president Nitin Gadkari advised his party men here on Thursday.

Notably, it is the same BJP president who was earlier seen touching feet of controversial yoga guru Baba Ramdev. Gadkari had invited criticism from all corners with the political parties alleging his intentions inclined towards capitalising Ramdev’s popularity to draw political mileage.

However, Gadkari had denied such allegations saying it was a mark of respect and he saw nothing wrong seeking the blessings of the yoga guru.

Concerned over a culture of patronage, Gadkari declared at the party's National Council meeting here: "There will be no protocol in the party... I am ordering it."Citing his own example, Gadkari said if an ordinary worker like him could become the party president, others too had hope of moving up the ranks.

"If you deserve it, you will get it... Work hard and add to your weight," he told the meeting, including leaders and some 1,200 delegates.

He asked party colleagues not to "touch anybody's feet" in the party in future. Concerned over infighting in various state units and at national level, Gadkari urged party workers to come together.

He said the BJP had been out of power since 2004 and there was need to change the image of the party so that it could move from being "a party of opposition to a party of good governance".

Expressing hope that the BJP would form the next government at the Center, Gadkari said the party would unveil its India Vision 2025 document for the long term development of the country by the year end.

He said BJP was not opposed to economic reforms but would not allow FDI in multi-brand retail. "We will not let FDI in multi-brand retail. It is against farmers and small traders."


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