“I can see your faces and predict the future. I predict that you will see Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) very soon. Don’t say no to Lakshmi. My only request is, eat whatever you want, and drink whatever you want, because these are times when black money will go to the poor. Your vote should be for the development of Maharashtra,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday while campaigning in Latur in Maharashtra, which votes for a new government on October 15.
He told that by “Lakshmi”, he meant the goddess, not money.
“My comments are being distorted. I have said nothing wrong. There is no question of apologizing. I told people don’t vote for money being offered to you, but vote for your future” said Mr Gadkari.
“Go to any constituency, ask any candidate. Everyone is talking about packages. It may not be all journalists but most are asking for packages, this could also mean newspaper ads,” he told reporters.