The BJP on Friday mounted a blistering attack on the Congress and other opposition parties accusing them of spreading misgivings and confusion about the land bill while claiming its government has ended the policy paralysis and the “reign of scams” of the past.
The party began a two-day meeting of the National Executive in which it accused the opposition of being “desperate, hopeless and directionless” and took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi asking the Congress to “find” its leader and stop finding “non-existent” faults of the government.
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The tone was set for the deliberations with the party President Amit Shah, in his Presidential address, seeking to rally the rank and file saying the government and the BJP were pro-farmer and committed to their welfare.
“The Opposition has deliberately spread many misgivings about the bill which is in the interest of farmers. We will take the message to farmers. BJP is a friend of farmers. It is the farmers who have given us mandate.
“The Opposition is desperate, hopeless and directionless. They should stop finding those faults and shortcomings which do not exist. If they have to find something, then they should try to find their leader.
“Instead of raising non-issues and fictional issues, they should find out where their leader is,” Shah said, taking a dig at the Congress over the absence of its Vice-President who is on a sabbatical for introspection,” he said.
He sought to rally the rank and file around the controversial bill, saying it was pro-farmer and BJP was committed to the welfare of peasants.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, party patriarch L K Advani were on the dais as Shah addressed the delegates, which included 111 National Executive members besides a number of special invitees, including chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states and its state presidents.