Mumbai: BJP President Amit Shah appealed to the party workers that the countdown for the 2019 elections has begun and all the opposition parties are coming together to stop the Modi government from getting elected. He said all these parties have ideological differences but only for power they are coming together.
Shah was addressing his party workers here in Mumbai on the occasion of the 38th Foundation Day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Suresh Prabhu, BJP State President Raosaheb Danave and Mumbai President Ashish Shelar were present at the event along with all ministers in state and MLAs.
“There is a campaign that all opposition parties should unite. Whenever there is a massive flood, all snakes, mongoose, cats, dogs, cheetahs and lions climb up a huge tree as they fear rising water levels,” said Shah. He targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi and NCP leader Sharad Pawar. Sharad Pawar gives injections to Rahul Gandhi and he asks the account of the four years to the Modi government. “But the nation is asking account of four generations, where the Congress ruled the nation for years,” Shah said.
About the reservation issue, Shah said the BJP is not against reservation and not going to abolish the reservation. “It is opposition’s imaginary picture that the BJP is going to cancel reservations. There is no issue of cancellation of reservations, but if you (opposition) had decided to cancel the reservation we would oppose you,” he said.
He said the BJP will seek to win the 2019 general elections on the basis of work done in the last four years rather than by making “hollow assurances”. “The people have full confidence in Modi leadership and we will once again form the government with an overwhelming majority in 2019. For that all the party workers have to work hard,” said Shah.
He declared that the BJP is going to celebrate Mahatma Phule’s birth anniversary on April 11 and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14 nationwide. On that day BJP workers will visit 20,000 villages and stay there one night to convey the Modi government’s achievement.
“The opposition is alleging that the government doesn’t want to reply in Parliament, but the fact is the opposition didn’t allow Parliament to function. We are ready to reply in public meetings. The opposition did not allow the minister to speak in Parliament and in protest all BJP MPs will organise one-day hunger strike,” he said.
Though BJP is in power at 11 states and has the highest membership that 11 crore, it is not BJP’s golden period (Suvarna-Yug), he stated. “When there would be BJP’s government in Orissa, West Bengal and other states that would be the golden period of the party,” he said.