Admitting that the common man was facing inconvenience due to the demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, BJP national president Amit Shah Sunday said the “pain was temporary”. Comparing demonetisation with surgery, which initially hurts but cures the disease later, he said black money was like a “cancer for the country’s economy, the operation of which was conducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
Shah had come to address booth level workers at the Ramlila ground in Sector 27 ahead of elections to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation next month. His entire emphasis was on demonetisation and surgical strikes and he appealed to city residents to “vote in the name of PM Modi and not any councillor” in the municipal election. It was only towards the end of his 40-minute address that he stressed upon civic issues and spoke about the achievements of the party’s local leaders.
“Hum bhi jaante hain ki janta line mein khadi hai. Mushkilen aa rahi hain. Operation ke baad dard to hota hi hai kuch din, par baad mein swasthya to acchha ho jata hai. Kala dhan cancer tha hamare desh ki arthvyavastha ko or us cancer ki surgery Modi ji ne kari hai (We know that people are standing in queues outside banks. After any operation, the pain persists for some days. But, later on, cures you and health gets better. Black money was a cancer for the country’s economy which PM Modi has treated),” said Shah, adding that the poor and the middle class would benefit the most from this decision.
The BJP president said that with this one decision of PM Modi, funds kept with the terrorists, drug mafia, Naxal groups have all “become scrap” today. “People had stashed crores in beds, farms and, in one day, it is all scrap,” said Shah, alleging that demonetisation was “hurting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Congressmen.”
In his address, Shah attacked the Congress, stating how during their term, the Army kept on waiting for orders even “as those from Pakistan kept attacking the Indian Army”. “Ab agar golibari hoti hai to sena ko kisi ke order lene nahi jana padta. Modi ji ne keh rakha hai ki wahan se goli aati hai to jawab goli se diya jaaye (When there is an attack today, the Army doesn’t have to take orders as PM Modi has already told them to give a befitting reply),” he said.
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The BJP chief said scams amounting to over Rs 12 lakh crore surfaced during the UPA regime, which was equivalent to three budgets. And, in these two-and-a-half years of the NDA government, not a single case of corruption had come to the fore.
Concluding his address, he stated that though the Chandigarh BJP has listed its achievements for the corporation elections, he wants the Chandigarh voters to vote for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took such bold steps like demonetisation and the recent surgical strikes.
“I have heard achievements being listed out by MP Kirron Kher and Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon. But I want you to vote for PM Modi,” said Shah.
From Mayor Arun Sood to Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon, from MP Kirron Kher to BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, all spoke on demonetisation and surgical strikes first before dwelling on civic issues.
While listing the party’s achievements at the city level, Tandon claimed that development works in just ten months of Arun Sood’s tenure could be compared with 14 years of the Congress at the corporation.
From piped gas to work of 29 mgd, from increasing the upper-age limit for government jobs in Chandigarh administration to beginning the plastic to oil plant, BJP leaders made it a point to list all the party’s achievements.
The BJP leaders attacked former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, too, and said that nobody can forget the “booth scam and the railgate scam.”