For Congress, OROP means ‘only Rahul, only Priyanka’, says Amit Shah

His jibe comes days after the induction of Priyanka Gandhi as the Congress's general secretary for Uttar Pradesh east.

Updated - January 28, 2019 07:23 pm IST

Published - January 28, 2019 05:36 pm IST - Shimla

Amit Shah. File

Amit Shah. File

For the Congress, OROP means “only Rahul, only Priyanka”, said BJP president Amit Shah on Monday, giving a novel expansion to the acronym for ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme.

The BJP president was addressing a “BJP Panna Pramuk Sammelan” at Hamirpur, also known as “Martyrs’ Land” owing to the large population of the district and adjoining areas working in the Army.

The BJP president's jibe jibe comes days after the induction of Priyanka Gandhi as the Congress's general secretary for Uttar Pradesh east.

Mr. Shaw thanked the Himachal Pradesh voters for ensuring the victory of BJP candidates in all the four Lok Sabha seats in the State in the 2014 general election.

'OROP implemented in true sense'

He said the Modi government implemented OROP for ex-servicemen in true sense. No one cared for soldiers for over 70 years. When the Modi government came to power, it implemented the OROP.

“Desh ek Majboot Sarkar chahta hai, majboor sarkar nahi. [The country wants a strong government not a weak and hapless one]. The country wants a government which can give Pakistan a befitting reply for killing its soldiers. In his speeches, the Congress president nowadays brings up the issue of poverty. I just want to ask Rahul baba what the Congress governments did for decades to eradicate poverty. It’s only the BJP government which is taking measures to eradicate it. They could not provide even a gas cylinder to each household in the country,” he said.

Himachal got only ₹44,325 crore from the 13th Finance Commission during the Congress government, while the Modi government gave ₹1,15,865 crores to this hilly State. Like the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr. Modi too remained connected with the State, he noted.

Without naming former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members, Mr. Shah said, “No one else except raja, rani and rajkumar was given importance during five-year term of the previous Congress government in the State. On the contrary, the Himachal residents now feel that the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government is their own government,” he said.

A total of 20,062 complaints, out of 25,227, have been redressed in Jan Manch programmes launched by the Thakur government. BJP workers were the basis of its victory and every BJP Panna Pramukh is determined to make Modi the Prime Minister again, said Mr. Shah.

The BJP chief coined a slogan “mera booth, sabse majboot” for the party workers.

Mr. Thakur, former Chief Ministers P.K. Dhumal and Shanta Kumar, besides BJP national organising secretary Ram Lal and MP Anurag Thakur too spoke.

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