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Amit Shah mocks ‘grand alliance’ plan

BJP president Amit Shah serving tea to the delegates on the dais at the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha convention in Hyderabad in a symbolic gesture of reminding how a chaiwallah, Narendra Modi, has become the Prime Minister.

BJP president Amit Shah serving tea to the delegates on the dais at the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha convention in Hyderabad in a symbolic gesture of reminding how a chaiwallah, Narendra Modi, has become the Prime Minister.  

Says the BJP will return to power with more than 50% of the vote in 2019.

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday ridiculed the Congress’s efforts to forge a mahagatbandhan, or grand alliance, with the sole aim of defeating the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr. Shah said a grand alliance without a prime ministerial candidate, policy or direction was no match to the BJP.

Addressing the concluding session of the BJP Yuva Morcha conclave “Vijay Lakshya 2019”, Mr. Shah said the BJP was set to return to power after the 2019 election with more than 50% of the vote despite the Opposition’s efforts. The Congress would be further decimated.

“The alliance will not make any difference to our prospects,” he said. The country was in a transitional phase at present and the results of the next elections would will decide its direction for the coming years.

The political scenario in the country presented two schools of thought - one working for development under Mr. Narendra Modi and the other with mahagatbandhan which had no clear leadership or policy direction to take the country forward.

“Rahul baba [Congress president Rahul Gandhi] is dreaming of coming to power. But the alliance partners Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav and others are not keen on projecting him as the prime ministerial candidate. A section of Congress leaders themselves is of the opinion that he is not Prime Minister material,” the BJP president said, adding that while the BJP was striving for development through its “Make in India” initiative, the Opposition has intensified its pitch for “breaking India”. He recalled that the BJP government had not compromised on security-related aspects with its initiatives including surgical strikes. This was against the 10-year Congress rule, which saw numerous incursions across the borders and attacks by terror modules.

The BJP leader also cited the National Register of Citizens update exercise as the latest initiative of the Modi government reflecting the BJP’s firmness in dealing with illegal immigrants. “We will ensure that all the illegal immigrants will be deported once the BJP comes back to power,” he said.

Mr. Rahul Gandhi, he said, was raising questions about the achievements of this government which propelled the country to the status of six largest economy and “India is set to become the fifth largest economy before the country goes for elections”.

As against four generations of the Congress rule that failed to deliver, the four-and-a-half years of BJP rule has seen the poor and marginalised sections being provided with basic amenities like housing and electrification and the latest in the list was ₹5 lakh health coverage extended to more than 50 crore people through Ayushman Bharat.

Mr. Shah wanted the party’s youth wing leaders to start their work with at the right earnest in reaching out to the more than 22 crore families that received benefits under the current dispensation.

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, BJP State president K. Lakshman, BJYM national president Poonam Mahajan and others spoke.

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