BJP president Amit Shah slammed the Congress for disruptions in Parliament and asked the opposition party to desist from using it as a platform to settle “political scores” instead of a forum to discuss issues concerning development of country.
“If you want to play politics, choose a state (for electoral fight). BJP is ready to pick up the challenge,” Shah said, addressing a huge public meeting organised by the state BJP unit in the Arts College grounds here on Sunday.
“Is Parliament for debates or slogan-shouting? Is it for development or to settle political scores,” the BJP chief said.
“If you have to settle political scores, jump into the electoral battlefield. BJP workers don’t fear anyone. Do do haath kar lenge (let’s fight),” Shah said.
He asked the Congress to let Parliament be a forum for development, “one that leads the country on the path to progress”.
“Let Parliament be a forum that enhances the country’s prestige,” Shah added.
Lashing out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for calling the sloganeering in JNU as “freedom of speech”, Shah asked if slogans like “Bharat tere tukde honge...Bharat teri barbaadi tak jung jaari rahegi...” could be called freedom of speech.
“Is it freedom of speech or anti-national,” he asked.
“One of the biggest achievements of the NDA government was to fully secure the borders of the country. Today, no one can dare to behead our soldiers (on the borders) and carry them away. They know it is Narendra Modi government...the NDA government...that is ruling India,” the BJP chief said.
Union minister for urban development M Venkaiah Naidu, AP state unit BJP president and MP Kambhampati Hari Babu, and former Union minister Daggubati Purandeswari were also present.