Gadkari to I-T officers: Who will protect you when BJP wins power?

The former Maharashtra minister also ridiculed media houses as "dukaan" (shop). "One channel shows something and then everyone else follows. The bosses tell their reporters to go to Gadkari's house and bring some news. Not their (reporters') fault. It's their job to move around the whole day with the danduka (microphone) in their hands. Please don't target them," he said.

"I have never worked for any post or to become CM or PM. I will not accept any post unless I am acquitted of all charges," he said. "My future programme will be to provide 50,000 jobs to Vidarbha youth and Rs 1 crore for Vidarbha's farmers to ensure that no farmer commits suicide. Let's all work together without any divisions of caste, language and religion," he said.

Gadkari also touched upon national issues such as inflation and Shinde's "Hindu terror" allegations against the BJP and RSS. "They couldn't hang Afzal Guru and have the gumption to level such allegations against us. Instead of taking Pakistan on, they are trying to help it with such statements," he said.

Polls favour NDA

Two different "mood of the nation" surveys conducted by two news channels on Thursday projected the BJP-led NDA as the winner if Lok Sabha polls were held today.

The ABP News-Nielsen survey pegged the NDA's vote share at 39%, and the UPA's at 22%.

The India Today-Nielsen survey gave 203 seats to the NDA (27% vote share), and 157 seats to the UPA (28% vote share).

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