At Delhi stop, Amit Shah takes aim at ‘dynastic’ Congress

“Back in the 1990s, you would have never found a single BJP worker in our neighbourhood,” said Haji Kallu, now the minority morcha president for the BJP’s New Delhi zilla.

Written by Sowmiya Ashok | New Delhi | Published: July 15, 2017 3:17 am
Amit Shah Dynastic Congress, Amit Shah in Delhi,  NDMC convention centre, Sonia Gandhi, BJP President Amit Shah on Congress, Indian Express News BJP national president Amit Shah is in Delhi as part of his 110-day long nationwide tour. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Haji Gulab Mohammad, in his sixties, waited with three of his friends at the NDMC convention centre on Friday to welcome BJP chief Amit Shah, in the capital as part of his 110-day long nationwide tour. The four men, all from south Delhi’s Hauz Rani, said their entire neighbourhood used to support the Congress. “Back in the 1990s, you would have never found a single BJP worker in our neighbourhood,” said Haji Kallu, now the minority morcha president for the BJP’s New Delhi zilla. In the February 2015 Delhi elections, people in the area voted en masse for AAP. “Now, it’s BJP’s turn,” the men said.

Like the women from the Mahila Morcha in CR Park, the men too had been waiting for Shah since 9 am, but it was now time for namaz. Mohammad nudged his friends and the group left for the neighbouring masjid. Ten minutes later, Shah arrived and was greeted by BJP workers, Kerala drummers, and young men holding party flags. Later in the evening, addressing a gathering of Delhi’s “intellectuals” who were handpicked as invitees, Shah took a jibe at the Congress saying a party which considered “dynasty” as the quality benchmark for selecting its leaders could never take the country forward. He also said that among all the political parties in the country, it was only the BJP and the Communist Party that had internal democracy.

“Who will become the party president after me?” he asked the audience. With no response from the audience, he continued: “Now tell me who will be the next Congress president after Soniaji (Gandhi)?” As audience members raised their hand to answer and laughed, Shah said his own rise within the BJP was a good example of a party with internal democracy. “If dynasty, instead of merit is the benchmark in a party, then it can never take the country forward,” he said. Shah said Congress, formed before the country’s independence, never had any consistent ideology and whoever wanted freedom joined it. “That is why Gandhiji wanted it (Congress) to be disbanded after independence,” he said.

“The kind of work they have done for the people can easily be compared. The Congress and the regional parties got long governance spells and made states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar ‘Bimaru’ (sick),” he said. ‘BI’ was known as Bihar which was in a good shape when the BJP and JD(U) was there, the BJP chief said. “M and R was known for Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively, where progress can be seen,” he said, adding that ‘U’ stands for Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has formed a government and in five years, the image of the state will be changed.

During the course of his 45-minute long speech, he also listed the achievements of the BJP government at the Centre. “We take decisions that are good for the people. Our aim is not to increase votes, but to develop the country,” he said.

With PTI inputs

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  1. A
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm
    with or without democracy ...BJP is doing well...
    1. R
      Jul 15, 2017 at 11:33 am
      This Roly Poly knows nothing but derision and division. He and his bigot mentor are the incorrigible braggarts who have been claiming their party to be a democratic one. Does the bigot duo know the meaning of democracy? The two along with the moustached RSS mentor of theirs, have been busy playing the politics of beef, Mandir and dalits and promoting each other with the help of that winking Yogi, business baron, taxation expert, Haryana State b ambassador and multi-tasker Baba Ramdev. Agreed that Congress has become a dynastic party but is there anyone else in the party who thinks that he or she can hold the party together? It's to Sonia's credit that despite being Italian she has assimilated into our culture and is more Indian than many women of Indian genes. These saffronites fanatics are indulging in frivolous issues just to keep the population diverted from the main issues. If Congress is so bad a party, why BJP is engineering defections and making holy cows of ex-Congressmen?
      1. M
        M Prabhu
        Jul 15, 2017 at 8:28 am
        The book ' Hindutva-Mukt Bharat ' is currently on 2nd print edition - due to great demand by the educated OBCs.
        1. T
          Jul 15, 2017 at 8:18 am
          BJP is not dynastic----That's why you gave a ticket to Rajnath Singh's Son in UP----Don't forget that you are out of jail because of Modi's arm-twisting !!!
          1. S
            Suneet Sood
            Jul 15, 2017 at 7:31 am
            Ms Pankaja Munde?
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