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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    Yagnik
    Aug 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Congi Mukht Bharat, shining Bharat Gaddar Communists Mukht Bharat, Prosperous Bharat Freebies Khujliwale Lallu Mukht Bharat , Safe Bharat
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      Haridas Panicker
      Aug 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm
      He may have very good intentions to bring in fast development of the country. But saying that the BJP will seek a one party rule is not certainly democratic! Lee Kuan Yew's PAP ruled Singapore without an opposition! So is PRC,DPRK and others where the role of the opposition has been eliminated with disastrous consequences. You always require a vociferous opposition to ensure you do not stray from democracy to dictatorship. Mrs. Indira Gandhi learnt it the hard way in 1977!
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        Jiss Varghese
        Aug 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm
        Sapna dekhan achi baat hai Shaaji...
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          Jiss Varghese
          Aug 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm
          Sapna dekhan achi baat hai Shaji..
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            Surya Prakash Sharma
            Aug 17, 2017 at 10:02 am
            RaOWL GHANDI appears to be in fine fettle to perform the last rites of KHANgress in 2019. HE is practising that on daily basis through small rallies.
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              R K
              Aug 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm
              as long as roul is in charge of khangress BJP has nothing to fear....
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              TIHAEwale
              Aug 16, 2017 at 9:28 am
              Tadipaar Amit u vowed for Congress Mukht Bharat but u will find even in Gujrat voters have a different view. it was was nice that today u trust Congress desertermore than RSS cadres, only yesterday Feku56 preferred to sing Mehbooba O Mehbooba
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                R K
                Aug 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm
                it is good that fools like u r daydreaming...even as u r losing...one state after another...one election after another....hahaha...
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                Logic Induction
                Aug 16, 2017 at 12:40 am
                True that. The pendulum has swung ! In 20 years from now, there will be "no" BJP ! That's when the pendulum swings the other way.
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                  Ram
                  Aug 16, 2017 at 4:05 am
                  That is totally illogical wishful thinking my friend. The pendulum takes 70 years or more before it changes if you believe in such weird thing! Corrupt congress s dead and only waiting for final burial. Even Ahmed Patel didn't win in reality, once SC sets aside unwarranted EC dictate, Mr.Patel has to go home losing his undeserved RS seat. The type of anger, frustration and resulting noise/propaganda by evil axis of Mula-missionary-marx calling itself as secular/liberal shows bad days for India are over, from 2014 and certainly after UP elections and Nitesh's realization of what is national interest! Now the frustrated anti-nationals in opposition may support every thing ISI /China want against India due to their blind hatred for nationalists and likes of Modi/Yogi, say a la-jaychand vs Ghagnvi time! , and it takes some time for total elimination of such parasitic opposition waste!
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                    Yagnik
                    Aug 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm
                    So succinctly said brother. These are modern days Jayachands. We Indians shall not allow the repe ion of history by Marxist, Maoists and Missionaries stalling reversion to great India, soni Ki chidiya Bharat.
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                    undefined
                    Aug 17, 2017 at 5:24 am
                    True. Who knows! There may no India . Pakistanis Islamic Nukes vaporized India or India became part of Islamic Caliphate.
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                      R K
                      Aug 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm
                      kathmullah from porkistan...
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                      R K
                      Aug 17, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                      the next 20b years there will be only one party...i.e. BJP....
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                      amit gujrati
                      Aug 15, 2017 at 12:38 am
                      PLEASE SHAH JI DO NOT GET DIS-HEARTENED SO SOON. YOUR STATEMENT MEANS THAT YOU WONT BE ABLE TO WIPE OUT CONGRESS EVEN FROM GUJARAT ! WHAT will happen to BJP workers in other states ?
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                        R K
                        Aug 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                        CONGI SLAVES ARE COUNTING THEIR DAYS....
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