New Delhi: Favourable circumstances, relevant issues and emergence of Narendra Modi helped several leaders, who even lost their deposits while contesting assembly polls, win the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Union minister Uma Bharti said on Monday.
"Sometimes such situation arises that anyone can clinch any big post. During the last Lok Sabha polls, I won't take names, but such people got elected by two-three lakh votes who had lost their deposits while contesting assembly polls.
Because there were suitable circumstances, relevant issues and emergence of Modi ji," she said.
"... You never know who will win polls and subsequently posts...I have seen good leaders losing elections," she added.
Bharti made the remarks during the inaugural function of late RSS leader Nanaji Deshmukh's birth centenary celebrations here.
The event was also attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Mahesh Sharma and BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal.
Lauding Deshmukh, Bharti said he was different from other politicians and even presidents or prime ministers would have found themselves "smaller" in his company.
"Some people don't occupy big posts, but instead the posts look smaller in comparison to them...," she said as she shared her memories associated with Deshmukh.
On his part, Solanki pitched for integral humanism as propagated by RSS ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay and executed by Deshmukh.
"... Does a country's future lie in agriculture, industries, infrastructure? These are physical things. The country's future lies in its citizens. In Lanka (it is said) homes were built of gold. One may feel Lanka as a smart city, but it is the Ayodhya-kind smart city which is required.
"The country's development lies in its people, whether the development is in line with lifestyle of its people. Deendayal Upadhyay was source of such thinking. Nanaji did the job of realising that ideology," he said.
Lauding Deshmukh further, Solanki said the leader was not a politician but a "statesman" who thought about generations than mere electoral battles, adding politics for him was a tool for serving people than clinching power.
Sharma said Deshmukh was a "great person" who worked for ensuring that benefits of all such schemes reach the last person of the society.
He informed that the Ministry of Tourism, led by him, has sanctioned an amount of Rs 43 crore for the development of Chitrakoot, where Deshmukh had settled down.
The Culture Ministry is going to organise Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, 2016 based on rural India from October 15 to 23 in the premises of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi.
It will showcase Indian culture, traditions and food culture through various stalls besides art and culture shows by all seven zonal cultural centres under Ministry of Culture, he said.
First Published On : Oct 10, 2016 22:13 IST