ASSERTING that the BJP will be re-elected to power in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, BJP chief Amit Shah on Wednesday claimed that people in this country were divided by tastes and culture, but united by their chants in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a rally here, Shah said the Congress could not do in 55 years what the Modi-led Government did for the welfare of the poor in five years. “I have visited almost all States for my election campaigns. People across the country have different tastes and culture. What is common everywhere is the chants in favour of Modi,” he stated. Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, the BJP President said the Congress President goes on vacations as soon as the temperature starts soaring during summer.
“On one hand, you have Modi, who did not take a single leave in 20 years. On the other, you have Rahul Gandhi, who goes on long vacations to places, leaving his mother worried about his whereabouts,” he stated. Shah also said people have been looking for a “leader, who would dedicate his life for the country, not serve the interests of his family”. “What the Modi-led Government did for the welfare of the poor in five years, the Congress could not achieve it in 55 years,” he insisted.
Iterating that the infiltrators will be thrown out of the country, once his party comes to power again at the Centre, he said, “When NRC implemented to drive out intruders, who are like termites, Rahul baba and company raised the issue of human rights. I would like to ask them when innocent jawans were killed and their families suffered, where was their concern?” Talking about the NDA dispensation’s development initiatives in Jharkhand, the BJP boss said it was his Government that opened medical colleges in Hazaribag and Dumka, set up a cancer hospital in Ranchi and launched a 4000MW power plant at Patratu. “In the 13th Finance Commission, the UPA Government had allotted Rs 55,253 crore for the development of Jharkhand.
The Modi Government has given a sum of over 3 lakh crore to the State in five years,” he added. Modi is workaholic, Rahul loves holidays, says Shah: Narendra Modi has been working 18 hours a day for around two decades without taking a leave, while Congress President Rahul Gandhi dashes off to undisclosed foreign destinations at the slightest discomfort, BJP President Amit Shah claimed here on Tuesday. Alleging that Rahul Gandhi is in love with the terrorists, he asserted that under Prime Minister Modi, their every ‘goli’ (bullet) will be retaliated with a ‘gola’ (mortar shell). “I have known Modi for a long time. For the past 20 years he has not taken a leave.
He works 18 hours a day for the people,” Shah told an election rally at Masaurhi that falls under Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat. Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 till 2014, the year he became the Prime Minister. “We also have Rahul Baba. Whenever the mercury rises a bit, he runs away to some country of his choice, often leaving even his mother wondering where his son is,” Shah claimed. He flayed Gandhi for promising abolition of the sedition law and abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in the Congress’ poll manifesto.
The Article grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the State. Shah said, “Rahul baba, you are free to croon Ilu Ilu with the terrorists. But under Narendra Modi, every goli fired by them will be retaliated with a gola.” “Ilu” is an acronym for “I Love You” popularized by a Bollywood song in the 1990s. “The world has started looking at India differently ever since we taught Pakistan sponsored terrorists a lesson by the surgical strike and, recently, the Balakot air strike. We are now considered as being in the same league with the US and Israel,” the BJP president claimed. Urging the people to support BJP nominee Ram Kripal Yadav in the May 19 poll, Shah said, “On the one hand you have the leadership of Narendra Modi who is committed to national security and working tirelessly to improve the lives of ordinary Indians.
On the other hand, you have an alliance whose members are interested only in their dynasties.” Shah also remembered Sanjay Kumar Sinha, one of the 40 CRPF jawans who were killed in terror attack at Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14. He was a resident of Masaurhi. “Please remember that it was Modi who ensured that Sinha’s sacrifice did not go in vain and made the perpetrators of the dastardly attack pay the price. The vote that you will cast in favour of Ram Kripal Yadav, will help Modi,” he said. Comprising mostly rural areas of Patna district, Pataliputra is currently represented by Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav whose re-election bid is being challenged by Lalu Prasad’s eldest daughter and Rajya Sabha member Misa Bharti. Formed after the 2008 delimitation, the seat has become a prestige issue for the family of the jailed RJD supremo, who had himself lost it to JD(U)’s Ranjan Yadav in 2009 followed by Bharti’s defeat at the hands of Ram Kripal Yadav in 2014. Both Ram Kripal Yadav who joined the BJP ahead of the last general elections, and Ranjan Yadav had previously been close aides of Lalu Prasad.