Opposition agenda is 'Modi Hatao': BJP chief Amit Shah
- Opposition agenda is âModi Hataoâ: BJP chief Amit Shah
Shahâs remarks come at a time when the Opposition parties have stepped up efforts to jointly defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections.BJP President Amit Shah addresses the Press on the four-year report c ard of the government at the party HQ in the capital New Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) Related News
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IN REMARKS reminiscent of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhiâs battle cry ahead of the 1971 polls, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday that while the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was trying to make the country free of âanarchy, corruption and povertyâ, other parties were indulging in the agenda of âModi Hatao (Remove Modi)â. His remarks come days after the Oppositionâs show of unity in Karnataka.
âVipaksh ka agenda ek hi hai: Modi ko hatao. BJP aur Narendra Modi ka agenda hai desh mein se avyawastha, bhrashtachar aur garibi ko hatakar, sthirta aur vikas pradaan karna (Opposition has a single-point agenda: to remove Modi. The agenda of the BJP and Narendra Modi is to eradicate anarchy, corruption and poverty from the country, to provide stability and development),â said Shah, addressing the media on the fourth anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government.
Shahâs remarks, at a time when the Opposition parties have stepped up efforts to jointly defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections, are reminiscent of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhiâs battle cry ahead of the 1971 elections. âWoh kehte hain âIndira hataoâ; main kehti hoon garibi hatao,â was her electoral rhetoric against the Opposition and a powerful section of Congress elders who had split as Congress (O). Riding on this slogan, Indira returned to power with an enhanced majority in 1971.
While the BJP president, who spoke at length on the achie vements of the Modi government over the last four years, did not completely rule out the impact of Opposition unity in the upcoming bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, he dismissed any threat to the party in the Lok Sabha elections.
Playing down the BJPâs loss in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls earlier this year, Shah said this cannot be compared with the general elections, when people will vote to decide if Modi will be their prime minister again. âThe polls in Uttar Pradesh are a year away. We will work to win 50 per cent of votes. There is a different parameter for voters when they vote to form a government, to decide whether Modi will be prime minister or somebody else. They cannot be compared,â Shah said.Amit Shah in Delhi. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
âIn UP, two boys (referring to SP leader Akhilesh Yadav and Congress president Rahul Gandhi) got together to fight elections in the past, you people did some math, giving them 240 seats. And the BJP ended up with 325 seats,â he pointed out. The SP-Congress alliance won only 54 seats.
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Accusing the Opposition parties of âspreading liesâ against the Modi government and his party, Shah said the BJP-led government, since coming to power in 2014, has started a new era in Indian politics, ending the politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement, while ushering politics of development.
Projecting Modi as the âmost popular and most hardworking prime minister with unending energyâ, Shah said he had replaced the UPAâs policy paralysis with a policy-driven government working for the poor and improved economy, while also raising the countryâs esteem in the world. Asked about the promise o f âachche dinâ, Shah said the government had âdone a lot to fulfill its promises in four years, and one year is still leftâ.
Responding to the Congressâs allegation that the government was peddling lies and Modi had harmed the dignity of his chair, Shah said the BJP was ready for a debate over facts and figures on the Centreâs achievements. The BJP president said the honour of the prime ministerâs chair had hit rock bottom under the Congress-led UPA, as he took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, remarking that Modi does not need to seek anybodyâs permission before taking a decision. âThe Congress will not decide about the dignity of the prime ministerâs chair. People have done it. They have replaced its 14 state governments (with BJP),â Shah said.
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