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Five generations of Nehru-Gandhi family failed to remove poverty: Amit Shah

Amit Shah said that compared to the Congress, the BJP government has done much for the development of the marginalised.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 27, 2019 16:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP President Amit Shah accused five generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family of failing to removed poverty in the country.(PTI)

BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said five generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family have paid only lip service to removing poverty in India while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is working for its removal.

“Five generations of Nehru-Gandhi family have not been able to remove poverty. The BJP government has done so much for the development of the marginalised. Modiji has resolved that by 2022 in the 75th anniversary of independence every house of the poor will have power, water and toilets,” he said at an election rally in Palamu in Jharkhand.

Shah reeled of statistics to underline the BJP government’s commitment to the poor and accused the Congress of doing nothing for the poor.

“Rahul baba and company have done nothing for 50 crore of the poorest people. Modi govt has ensured gas cylinders for 7 crore families. Eight crore families have been given toilets. Two and a half crore families have been given houses. The poor can now avail medical treatment in hospitals under Ayushman Bharat scheme.”

He praised Modi for his dedicated and selfless work for the country’s welfare and took a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for taking frequent breaks.

“I have been working with Modiji for 20 years. And he has not taken any leave. But Rahul Baba goes on leave after every two months and leaves everybody including his mother worried. Modi works 18 out of 24 hours.”

Shah also brought up national security which has been one of the dominant themes of the BJP’s poll campaign.

“The most important thing Modiji did was to strengthen national security. Pakistani infiltrators used to cut off heads of our soldiers. When we retaliated with an air strike after the Pulwama attack, the whole country was celebrating. But there was mourning in Pakistan and in the homes of Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi. Sam Pitroda even suggested talks with Pakistan. Should we have held talks or bombed them?” he asked the crowd.

“We are BJP and the Modi government has ensured that no one will play with India’s security.”

He asked the crowd to ensure that Modi retains power so that Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special rights to Jammu and Kashmir can be scrapped.

“Kashmir will not be separated from India as long BJP is there. Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India. Make Modi PM again we will remove Art 370.”

Shah dismissed the opposition as corrupt and said it doesn’t even have a prime ministerial candidate. He also insisted that Modi is set to return as Prime Minister.

“I have visited 260 seats across the country and all I heard was chants of Modi, Modi, Modi. The country wants to make Modiji PM once again,” Shah told the crowd..

He also wooed farmers saying that a new BJP government at the Centre would waive farm loan interest.

“I have come here to tell the people of Palamu what the BJP government has done for them. The Modi government has implemented 133 schemes for the region. If you vote us to power, we will waive interest on farm loans,” Shah said.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 13:35 IST