BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah Saturday attacked Congress, SP and BSP, saying while most parties have been reduced to families and castes, only BJP “believes in the politics of performance”. At ‘UP ke mann ki baat’ programme organised at a private college in Lucknow, Shah also targeted Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying he was indulging in “cosmetic” development.
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In his address before interacting with students across UP through video conference, Shah said: “In the last 70 years, democracy has become infected with casteism and politics of dynasty… Anybody can guess who will be next president of Congress… Similar guesses would also be made when Rahul Gandhi would have a child. But in BJP, no one can guess who will be the next president.”
He added that casteism and family politics reduce accountability in politics, and importance of performance is undermined. “BJP wants this country to move towards politics of performance. People will accept those who perform while the non-performing ones will be rejected,” Shah said.
Targeting Akhilesh, Shah said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent additional Rs 1 lakh crore every year to UP… Akhilesh Yadav must be questioned on how it has been utilised. Vikas ki baat karte ho… cosmetic tarike se vikaas nahin hota… Choti si Metro line banakar… dikahave ka Gomti saundariyakaran ka vikas karke Uttar Pradesh ka vikas nahin hota (You talk about development… Development cannot be cosmetic… Only by constructing Metro and beautifying Gomti riverfront, UP cannot be developed).”
Claiming that as responsible citizens, youths will have to think about the future of the country, Shah said: “Youths have the first right over money hoarded by black marketers… They should decide the future of UP and the nation because they have to live in the country for next 50 to 75 years while today’s politicians would not be alive.” He urged youths not to leave politics in the hands of politicians and assured them that the Modi government would not spare anyone when it came to black money.
Shah said ever since Modi government had come to power, Opposition parties have been “making a hue and cry” over what will be done on black money. “What was the first step which was taken by the Modi government? It constituted the SIT on black money… demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes… Now, the hue and cry is for rollback of the move… but why?… The Opposition is crestfallen because of demonetisation. Congress, SP, BSP, Kejriwal, Mamata, etc have all come together and are speaking together (on the issue),” he added.
When a student asked Shah how notes of Rs 2,000 would help in doing away with black money, he said: “Black money has no relation with the value of notes. But arrangements must be made to prevent leak of notes so that it cannot be converted into black money.”
On division of UP into four parts, Shah said: “It is an excuse… UP was bigger in size at the time of Independence… Prime Minister too is running the whole country… Strong willpower is needed to take tough decisions, and to plan and execute schemes needed for development.”
Asked about Rahul Gandhi’s promise of waiving farmer loans if Congress comes to power, Shah said: “Rahul can make such promises because he knows that his party will not come to power. BJP will focus on economic empowerment of farmers by increasing their income.”
BJP’s ‘UP ke mann ki baat’ is a campaign aimed at collecting feedback directly from the people about their problems, and their suggestions for the party.