Condemning the remarks made by Minister for Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari that he would not give “even an inch of land” to the Indian Navy for building houses in South Mumbai, the Congress today charged the Union Minister of insulting the Indian Navy.
”Shameful and Unacceptable. Ex BJP President & Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari insults ‘Indian Navy’, questions their valour and dedication. Pseudo-Nationalist BJP now wants to issue certificates of ‘loyalty’ to India’s armed forces,” AICC Media In-Charge Randeep Surjewala said in a tweet.
Speaking at a public event in Mumbai, the Union Minister for Shipping and Water Resources, voicing his disappointment at the Navy’s objection to a floating jetty plan at Malabar Hills in south Mumbai, where a floating hotel and seaplane service are planned, said, “Actually, Navy is needed at the borders, from where terrorists sneak in.
”Why does everyone (in the Navy) want to stay in South Mumbai? They (Navy) had come to me, asking for a plot (of land). I will not give even an inch of land. Please don’t come to me again.
”Everyone wants to build quarters and flats on south Mumbai’s prime land. We do respect you (Navy), but you should go to the Pakistan border and do patrolling,” Mr Gadkari said.