BJP President Amit Shah was in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh today addressing the booth workers of the party in Booth Adhyan Sammelan ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Shah credited the booth workers for the victories of the party in various elections including the 2014 general election. He said that BJP is unique in the sense that in this party it is not the leader but the booth workers on the ground who bring victory to the party.
Shah recalled how Samajwadi President Akhilesh Yadav used to mock him when he used to say that BJP will win 70 seats in Uttar Pradesh but because of the efforts of the booth workers, BJP won 73 seats. Attacking the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh Shah said, “73 (seats) ki 74 (seats) kar kar bua bhateeje ki dukan par aligarh ka tala lagane ka kaam Bharatiya Janata Party karegi.”
Lauding the work done by the Yogi government in Uttar Pradesh, Shah said that riots were common in the State before the Yogi government came to power, rioters and criminals are now fleeing from UP. He appreciated the Yogi government for strictly dealing with land mafia and releasing a large area of land from land mafia’s control. Talking about how the confidence of the police has increased under the Yogi government, Shah said that earlier police were scared of criminals but now criminals are scared of police. Highlighting the development agenda of his party Shah said that the BJP has reached out to every single house with development. As part of Ek Janpad Ek Utpaad scheme, Yogi government has marketed the locks made in Aligarh, Shah asserted.
“It is a matter of pride for the BJP workers that Modi ji has allotted the biggest ever defence budget since independence”, Shah told the party workers. Coming down heavily on the Congress-led UPA government, Shah said that during the ten years of the UPA government, terrorist attacks happened frequently. But Modi government avenged the death of soldiers killed in the terrorist attack in Uri within 10 days by conducting the surgical strike in Pakistan. After the surgical strike, India became the third country after Israel and the US which were known to avenge the death of their soldiers, Shah said proudly.
Speaking on the issue of illegal immigrants, Shah attacked the opposition parties for opposing the National Register of Citizens. He said that “Rahul baba and company” are more concerned about the human rights of illegal immigrants as if they are Rahul’s relatives. He said that illegal immigrants are a threat to national security and the BJP government will throw every single one of them out of the country.
Shah told the booth workers about the benefits given by the Modi government to small farmers and at the same time mocked Rahul Gandhi questioning his knowledge of farming. He said that Rahul Gandhi does not even know whether potato grows inside the ground or above it or in a factory. Calling the Mahagathbandhan a dhakosla (sham) Shah told the party workers not to be afraid of it. He said that SP, BSP and Congress put together cannot stop the BJP from winning 74 seats in the State.
Shah assured the booth workers that the party is committed to building a grand Ram Temple at the Ram Janmbhoomi site at the earliest. However, he asked the SP, BSP and the Congress to clarify their stand on Ram Mandir. He accused the Congress of delaying the proceedings of the Ram Mandir case in the Supreme Court through its lawyers. Highlighting the sincerity of the government on Ram Mandir, he said that the government had decided to return the 42 acre land of Ram Janm Bhoomi Nyas which was acquired by the Congress govt in 1993, and an affidavit has been filed by the government in the Supreme Court in this respect.
Shah launched a scathing attack on the Mamta Banerjee government in West Bengal over the recent fiasco created by Mamta Banerjee by detaining the CBI officers who had gone to interrogate the Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar. He criticised the West Bengal Chief Minister for not allowing the helicopters of the BJP leaders to land in the State. He said that Mamta Banerjee thinks that she can stop the BJP from forming a government in West Bengal. He claimed that the BJP is going to win 23 seats in West Bengal in the upcoming elections.
Shah questioned why Banerjee sat on dharna against the CBI action. “Who does she want to save by sitting on dharna?”, Shah asked. “Bakre ki maa kitne din Khair manaegi”, Shah remarked sarcastically.
Shah urged the party workers not to retaliate the political killings of the BJP workers in the States of West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka with violence, he asked them to rather convert the anger into votes.