Amit Shah resigns as MLA, says Congress will be reduced to half in next polls

BJP Chief Amit Shah said that the Assembly elections would be fought on the issues of Narmada Yojna and welfare of the OBCs and the poor. He made the remarks in the Assembly while taking part in a proposal to complete the Narmada Yojana at the earliest.

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Updated: August 10, 2017 7:49 am
Amit Shah, Rajya Sabha Polls, Amit Shah Rajya Sabha, Gujarat Rajya Sabha Polls, Smriti Irani Rajya Sabha, Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Assembly elections , Narmada Yojana , Narmada Bachao Andolan, Narendra Modi, Gujarat News, India News, Indian Express News Amit Shah being felicitated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and former CM Anandiben Patel at Koba near Gandhinagar on Wednesday, a day after he was elected to Rajya Sabha. Smriti Irani (extreme left) was also felicitated at the event. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

A day after tightly contested battle against Congress over one Rajya Sabha seat, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections the opposition party would be reduced to half of its current strength in the House. He said the Assembly elections would be fought on the issues of Narmada Yojna and welfare of the OBCs and the poor.

Shah made the remarks in the Assembly while taking part in a proposal to complete the Narmada Yojana at the earliest. He later resigned as Naranpura MLA, hours after being declared elected to the Rajya Sabha in the wee hours of Wednesday along with party colleague and Union minister Smriti Irani and Congress’s Ahmed Patel. On the final day of the two-day Monsoon Session of the Assembly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani moved a congratulatory resolution over Shah’s election to the Upper House.

Before resigning as MLA, Shah addressed the House for more than one hour, during which he recollected his 20-years in the Assembly from 1997 to 2017. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under whom he built his political career, for a range of initiatives taken by the latter first as chief minister of Gujarat and then as Prime Minister. “These elections (upcoming Assembly elections) are going to be fought on the issue of Narmada. It has to be fought on the issue of welfare of OBCs and the poor. When the elections will be held, I know what results will come. This number (of the opposition Congress) will be reduced to half,” said Shah, pointing at the vacant benches of the Opposition in the House. The Congress MLAs were evicted from the Assembly by Speaker Ramanlal Vora following their protest over the recent stone-pelting on Rahul Gandhi’s car in Banaskantha.

The BJP chief accused Congress of stalling the development of Narmada Yojana and of being hand-in-glove with alleged anti-Narmada groups like Narmada Bachao Andolan of Medha Patkar. “Whenever Congress party comes to power, Narmada Yojana gets stalled. Even today, Congress party’s stand has remained anti-Narmada,” Shah said. Speaking for the welfare of OBCs, Shah said, “From 1995 to 2017, the backward class people of the country have been demanding constitutional validity (for OBC commission). Narendrabhai introduced a law to give constitutional status to OBC commission, but Congress opposed it and brought it down in Rajya Sabha.” “But, their opposition is not going to work for long… By April, NDA will get majority in Rajya Sabha also,” he said.

Expressing confidence of BJP winning Gujarat Assembly elections due in December, Shah said that the party has not lost any election, Vidhan Sabha or Lok Sabha, in the state since 1990. Before this, CM Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel and Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani also addressed the House to congratulate Shah. Rupani said, “This House has had many stars…And it will remember Amitbhai as a superstar.”

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    Aug 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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          umesh
          Aug 23, 2017 at 5:28 pm
          People made a big mistake in 2014 since people did not have any past records of RSS to verify with. Congress was carrying a UPA scam baggage therefore people taught them a lesson. People fell for the election hypes of Modi and all the other Jumlas and now 3 years later people have realized their mistake. Voters will now have enough information to question the BJP (RSS) about their 5 years of rule and will punish them for cheating the nation. The only issue here is the "Blind Bhakts" of Modi, else there is no second term for Modi at all if the 2019 election is going to be based on governance. BJP will loose at least 30 percent of their seats in 2019 though they may still manage to hold on to the government.
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            Crusader
            Aug 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm
            Then whom are you going to bring in ? The corrupt and inept Congress , again ? You must be out of your bluddy mind to een think of it As for 2019 they may even gain 30 of the seats and end up with 350 seats as per the plan of Amit Shah
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            Birendra
            Aug 23, 2017 at 7:17 am
            mr Amit shah during this election your scalp hairs disappeared ,by 2019 your Jhadd Ka ball bhi gayab and feku will be back in railway yard selling chai and involve in derailing of railway coaches
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