New Delhi, Feb 5: Delivering his first Rajya Sabha speech, the Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Monday, February 5, trained his guns at the Congress while listing the achievements of the Modi government since coming to power in May 2014. Amit Shah described Narendra Modi as the only prime minister after Lal Bahadur Shastri who gave befitting reply to nation’s enemies. Also Read - Politics Heats up Over Farm Bills 2020, PM Modi Says Opposition Misleading Farmers; Cong Calls it 'Blatant Attack' on Federal Structure

Speaking on Motion of Thanks to President’s address, Amit Shah slammed the previous governments headed by the Congress for the country’s poor economic growth and development. Cornering the Congress further, Shah said only one family ruled the country for 55 years since independence but over 60 per cent of people were deprived of having a bank account. Also Read - 'Great Leader And Loyal Friend', Trump's Birthday Wish For PM Modi

Amit Shah, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament from his home state Gujarat, said that the Modi government provided stability to the country after 30 years of unstable rule. Both PM Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were present in the House during Shah’s maiden speech. Also Read - Amit Shah Discharged From AIIMS, Likely to Attend Parliament on Sept 21

“For the first time after independence, a non-Congress party was given mandate by the public and it was BJP government led by PM Modi. In spite of getting absolute majority, we formed government with NDA members,” Amit Shah said, adding that the BJP government faced a daunting task of pulling India back from on track of development after years of misrule.

Sarkaar ne jab kaam-kaaj sambhala, tab sarkaar ke paas virasat me kya tha? Jis prakaar ka gaddha tha, wo gaddha bharne mein hi sarkaar ka bahut saara samay gaya hai aur gaddha bharne ke baad in uplabhdhiyon ko ek alag najariye se dekhein,” Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha.

The BJP president also took on former Finance Minister P Chidambaram over his ‘pakoda jibe’ at PM Modi, saying making pakodas was far better than begging on streets. “Many governments came to power with “gareebi hatao” slogan, but it is only the BJP which has worked towards it,” Shah said.

PM Narendra Modi, in his interview with Zee News, had said, “If a man selling pakodas outside the Zee TV office takes home Rs 200 at the end of the day, is that not employment?”

“Even selling pakodas is a ‘job’ said PM. By that logic, even begging is a job. Let’s count poor or disabled persons who are forced to beg for a living as ’employed’ people,” Chidambaram had tweeted.

Accusing the Congress and other Opposition parties of spreading canards over the newly launched Goods and Services Tax (GST), Amit Shah said the BJP government has convinced people to believe that GST is for their good.

“GST is a big improvement in the tax system of the country. PM Modi made it a reality. No one imagined that in a huge country like ours, GST could be implemented, but PM Modi made it a reality. GST is one of the greatest reforms any government has done,” Shah said.