Shah targets Rawat, sounds bugle for 2017 Uttarakhand polls

  • Deep Joshi, Hindustan Times, Haridwar
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2016 16:26 IST
BJP president Amit Shah being welcomed by party MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (C) and MLA Madan Kaushik (R) in Haridwar on Saturday. (Ravinder Kumar /HT photo)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah appealed to the people of Uttarakhand on Saturday to remove the “corrupt” Harish Rawat-led Congress government in favour of the party, sounding election bugle in the mountain state that goes to polls in 2017.

“We promise you a corruption-free government that will also push for develop if you vote our party to power in the next assembly polls,” Shah said, addressing a ‘Shankhnaad rally’ gathering here at Rishikul Maidan (ground).

“There will be an unhindered development because you will then have the BJP government both in the state and at the Centre.”

The BJP chief accused the chief minister of being personally involved in corruption as well as horse trading.

“That he is involved in corruption first became evident when a sting video showed his former secretary (Mohammad Shahid) of negotiating a deal with a liquor mafia,” Shah said, adding then one more sting video surfaced.

“This time the video showed Rawat himself brokering a horse trading deal to buy over the nine rebel Congress legislators who have now joined our party,” he said.

“The total amount that he promised to pay all the 30 Congress legislators comes to nearly Rs 150 crore,” he said. But, none of them accepted the bribe money, Shah said.

“Had they accepted the bribe money they would not be here with the BJP.”

Shah also criticised Rawat for blaming the BJP for engineering a split in the ruling party. “Your (Congress) legislators left your party because of your fault.”

The BJP chief took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his remark that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government did nothing substantive during its two years in power.

“Rahul baba accused our government (at the Centre) of non-achievement,” he said. He wouldn’t question the Rawat government that has nothing to show in terms of achievement except horse trading and graft.

Shah, however, disputed the Gandhi’ claim while rattling off a number of “pro-people” schemes initiated by the Modi government.

“Besides, we gave a prime minister (Modi) who doesn’t keep silent and can speak and whose achievements are being recognised by global community,” Shah said, taking a dig at former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

“When he (Singh) used to speak only the Shahabjada and his mother could hear his voice,” he said, referring to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Congress vice president (Rahul).

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