Bhopal: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi saying that the Congress president is “daydreaming” of forming a government in Madhya Pradesh and that too with “open eyes”.
“Rahul baba says Congress will form Govt in Madhya Pradesh, I want to tell him that he has every right to dream but he should not daydream, that also with open eyes,” Shah said while addressing a gathering in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur.
The BJP president also called upon the party workers to work with an aim to uproot the Congress from the state along with its roots.
Earlier addressing a BJP workers’ gathering in Rewa, Shah accused Gandhi of raising a “hue and cry” over the arrest of “urban naxals”, who allegedly plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said the government would not tolerate those who speak about dividing the country.
He alleged that the Congress, when in power, undermined the country’s security.
“The Maharashtra government arrested urban naxals and found through their email exchange that they wanted mortar guns and machine guns. They were plotting to kill Modi,” Shah said, speaking at a BJP workers’ gathering at Rewa in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.
“But when they (‘urban naxals’) were arrested, Rahul baba (Rahul Gandhi) and company raised hue and cry,” he said.
“The slogan ‘Bharat tere tukde honge, Inshallah ek hazar, ek hazar’ was raised at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) but Rahul baba says there is freedom of speech. Naxals were arrested, but he saw (it as an issue of) freedom of speech,” he added.
Asserting that nobody would be allowed to harm the country’s security, Shah said, “Rahul Baba, you can see whatever you want to, but there is a rule of Narendra Modi government….The voices which talk of dividing the country would be sent behind the bars.”
The Maharashtra police had arrested five rights activists on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave — ‘Elgaar Parishad’ — held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village.
The BJP president alleged that opposition parties such as the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Trinamool Congress sympathised with the infiltrators.
“The BJP government identified 40 lakh infiltrators by creating NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Assam. But opposition raised a hue and cry,” Shah said, adding that the Congress, whenever in power, “weakened the country’s security”.
“Nobody remembers human rights when infiltrators plant bombs to kill country’s mothers and sisters. The country’s youth remain unemployed as these infiltrators snatch away jobs. They are a vote bank for the Congress, but for us, they are a national security issue. They (infiltrators) are eating up the country like termites,” he said.
The BJP government would drive “each and every infiltrator” out of the country after winning elections in 2018 and 2019, Shah said.
India’s economy rose to sixth place globally from the ninth spot in the last four years, he claimed.
PM Modi Ensured Triple Talaq Has no Place in Country: Amit Shah
Shah said PM Modi ensured that triple talaq has no place in the country despite facing opposition from the Congress which “never cared” for the honour of Muslim women.
Shah made the remark at a gathering in Satna, where a sizeable number of Muslim women were in attendance, ahead of the November 28 Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.
“The Congress never cared for the honour of Muslim mothers and sisters. It has no courage to deal with issues like triple talaq. Despite stiff opposition from the Congress, (Prime Minister) Modi has ensured that it (triple talaq) has no place in the country,” Shah said.
The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance was promulgated on September 19 under which instant triple talaq has been declared illegal and punishable with a jail term of three years for the husband.
Shah said the BJP has encouraged women not just by words but by giving them important responsibilities, including as defence and external affairs ministers ministers, governors and chief ministers.
He said that the BJP had created a “record” in honouring women while the Congress had done nothing for them despite being in power for a long time.
“Not just by words, but Modi government has given them (women) space in the Union Cabinet by inducting nine women ministers including Nirmala Sitharaman as defence minister and Sushma Swaraj as external affairs minister,” Shah said at the”kamal shakti samvad” function.
Swaraj has been given prime responsibility of establishing good relations with countries and enhancing trade with them, Shah said.
He added that during the BJP rule, six women were appointed as governors of states, including that of Madhya Pradesh who earlier was Gujarat’s first woman chief minister.
He hit out at the opposition party for “disrespecting” senior BJP leader, late Vijaya Raje Scindia, affectionately known as Rajmata, claiming that she had been “oppressed” and jailed.
He added that Scindia never gave up despite the Congress troubling her for long, and this had led to the “lotus (BJP symbol) blooming in the entire region”.
Eulogising Scindia, the BJP chief said that the ‘Rajmata’ was like a mother to all party workers whom she constantly encouraged.
Her life is a lesson and an inspiration, Shah told the gathering.