Nitin Gadkari as a youth leader

Nitin Gadkari as a youth leader

Nitin Gadkari was inspired to join the students’ movement by late Dattaji Didolkar and Yashwantrao Kelkar, the two stalwarts who shaped the avante garde students’ organization called Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). As a fiery and sensitive youth leader, he showed a typical aversion to injustice –be it in the form of fee hikes or increasing political interference in education. His distaste for lowering of standards of education and inertia of the youth became visible during the various movements and agitations that he led, In the very early stages of his political career, Gadkari exhibited his capabilities to shoulder the higher responsibilities, which he would be entrusted with in the future.

The young firebrand student leader made his foray into active politics in the post Emergency era. He became the President of BJP Yuva Morcha at the age of 26, which marked his entry into active politics. He became the member of Maharashtra State Legislative Council at age of 32. And from here on, there has been no looking back. From the first stint as a member of the Council in 1989 till date, Gadkari has left an indelible mark on the politics of Maharashtra, his home state.

 

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