Congress, NCP utterly incapable of keeping country safe, says Amit Shah
The previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had sacrificed the nation’s security at the altar of vote-bank politics and the BJP would throw out all infiltrators from the country if it came to power again, BJP president Amit Shah said at a rally in Sangli, Maharashtra, on Wednesday.
“We have no problem if Congress president Rahul Gandhi wishes to pursue a policy of love and tolerance towards terrorists and infiltrators, but the BJP has a strict zero-tolerance attitude towards them,” he said.
Mr. Shah lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and claimed that it had singled out 40 lakh infiltrators in Assam alone. The Opposition had a ‘soft’ stance on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the NRC. Leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar and Mayawati were concerned about ‘human rights’ of infiltrators. “They glibly talk of human rights for these infiltrators who are responsible for bomb blasts. But what about the human rights of our martyred jawans?” he said.
“The Pakistan-backed terrorists used to kill our jawans and desecrate their bodies. But our government launched the Uri strikes and put Pakistan in its place. Yet, Pakistan refused to refrain from its aggression and killed 40 of our soldiers in the Pulwama terror strike. But our government launched the Balakot air strike within a fortnight to give the enemy a fitting reply,” he said. “While the world is looking upon India with a new found respect, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Rahul baba’s guru Sam Pitroda are asking our government for proof of the air strike.”
The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) were utterly incapable of keeping the country safe. “Why Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Pawar are silent on National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir. Even if we aren’t in power tomorrow, the BJP will never let Kashmir break away from India. This is our commitment,” he said.
Alleges scams by Congress and NCP leaders
Mr. Shah alleged that scams to the tune of ₹12 lakh crore had been committed by the Congress and NCP leaders. “The State had become backward in terms of industrial growth and investments and farmer suicide rates had soared until the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government took charge.” The BJP government had waived loans of 35 lakh farmers, he claimed.
“The NCP spent ₹72,000 crore and failed to provide a drop of water to the parched regions of Maharashtra. Mr. Pawar and the Congress will now have to answer for the irrigation scam in this election,” he said.
Five generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family had not done anything for the poor, whereas the Modi government, in barely five years, changed the lives of the economically backward by providing basic amenities under a number of landmark schemes, including the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, he claimed.
Mr. Shah was campaigning for the BJP candidate in Sangli, sitting MP Sanjaykaka Patil.
Mr. Patil is up against some stiff competition from Vishal Patil, a grandson of the late Congress stalwart Vasantdada Patil, who is contesting on the symbol of Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Paksha.
The third competitor is influential Dhangar community leader Gopichand Padalkar, whose entry is likely to queer the pitch for the BJP and Mr. Sanjaykaka Patil by eating into the saffron party’s Dhangar vote bank.