BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi cannot understand the “changes happening in the country” because he is wearing “Italian glasses”.
“Recently, Rahul wanted to know the difference between their regime and ours. During both regimes, firing used to happen on the border (with Pakistan). Brother Rahul, you will not understand the difference because you have Italian glasses on your eyes. You will not understand what changes are happening in the country,” Shah said at an event to inaugurate a new bus station in Ahmedabad.
Elaborating on the difference between the UPA and the NDA government, Shah said that now the armed forces, if provoked, can fire back “without waiting for orders”.
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He also spoke about initiatives undertaken by the Narendra Modi government. “There are a number of changes that have been ushered in by the current BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi… There are special policies for farmers and backward sections of society. We have also come up with projects like the bullet train,” he said.
Shah said Modi had created a “welfare state” in Gujarat and was now trying to uplift the nation. “Before we come to seek a fresh mandate in 2019, we will fulfil all promises we made under the leadership of Narendra Modi,” he said.
He also said the BJP strongly believes in “expression of views and thoughts”. “What is the definition of expression of views? We in the BJP strongly believe in expressing our views. If there is a leader who has been the most criticised after Independence, it is our leader Narendra Modi. He was criticised for over 10 years. When our leader and our government were cricitised, we did not say anything, but if anybody raises slogans against the country in the name expression of views, BJP workers will never tolerate it.”
On the JNU sedition row and the alleged anti-national slogans raised on campus, Shah said, “Bharat tere tukde honge, inshallah inshallah. Is this freedom of expression?… Brother Rahul, please read the history of the country. Crores of BJP workers are ready to sacrifice their lives before the country is divided.”
He also lashed out at former PM Manmohan Singh, saying that nobody ever came to know when he went abroad. “Now, when Narendra Modi goes to foreign countries, thousands of people turn out to listen to him.”