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BJP stands for development, Congress tied to politics of dynasty: Rajasthan minister

The Congress plays politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement, while the BJP does politics of development, Rajasthan social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi said on Saturday.

rajasthan elections 2018 Updated: Jun 04, 2018 18:49 IST
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BJP women’s wing workers welcome passengers at the Jaipur railway station on completion of four years of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. (HT Photo/ Prabhakar Sharma)

The Congress plays politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement, while the BJP does politics of development, Rajasthan social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi said on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters on Saturday on the completion of four years of Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s government at the Centre, he said the Congress and other opposition parties had ruined the country by creating a negative atmosphere with their focus on dynasty, appeasement and vote bank politics.

“But the Narendra Modi government in the last 48 months, compared to 48 years of governments of the Congress and other parties, started a new era of politics of performance,” Chaturvedi said. “Many governments in 50 years did one or two historical works, but the Modi government in four years has done 50 works that made history.”

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot at a press conference in Delhi supported dynastic lineage, casteism and appeasement, which showed ideological bankruptcy of the Congress, Chaturvedi said.

Giving priority to Antyodaya based on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath-Sabka Vikas’, the Modi government for the first time after independence reached out to villages, the poor, farmers, dalits, tribals, backward classes, the youth and women, he said.

Under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, 26.78 lakh free gas connections were given to poor families in Rajasthan, and 41.11 lakh people got loans of Rs 57575 crore under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, the minister said.

“4.89 lakh houses were approved and more than 3 lakh built under PM Gramin Awas Yojana; 91 lakh soil health cards were distributed to farmers from 2015-17, and 16 lakh in 2017-18 under the scheme that the PM launched from Sriganganagar in Rajasthan,” he added.

“2.43 crore bank accounts were opened in Jan Dhan Yojana; other schemes, such as PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, PM Suraksha Bima Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, StandUp India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, and Make in India, have made records in Rajasthan.”

Chaturvedi said the Goods and Services Tax was the biggest tax reform after independence, which improved the business atmosphere.

Member of Parliament from Jaipur Ram Charan Bohra said the Centre has contributed to Dravyawati river project, ring road and the Smart City project. “By August, the ring road work will be completed. Under the Skill India scheme, youths are being trained at 110 centres in the state. And a lot of works in railways have been done in Jaipur.”

Extending wishes to the PM Modi, chief minister Vasundhara Raje said India has become a “global growth engine” under his “efficient leadership”.

“India has gained goodwill and influence in the world. India is emerging as a prosperous, peaceful and strong country with the Centre’s welfare schemes, policies and programmes,” she said in a statement.

Raje said development has become a “vibrant mass movement” during Modi’s rule.

First Published: May 26, 2018 21:59 IST