Gujarat elections is battle of casteism, dynasty against development, says Amit Shah

"Rahul Gandhi thinks that this is a tourist spot. He is coming here quite often. I don't have any problem with that but he should come here and give an account of what the Sonia-Manmohan (UPA) government did for Gujarat."

By: PTI | Bhavnagar | Updated: November 21, 2017 3:22 pm
Amit Shah, Pinarayi Vijayan, Amit Shah in Kerala, BJP 'Jan Raksha' Yatra, Kannur, narendra modi, bjp in kerala, india news, indian express Amit Shah (Reuters/File)

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said the Gujarat election was not just a fight between two parties but a battle between Congress’s casteism and dynastic rule and Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s developmental politics.

Shah also took a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying his visits to Gujarat had increased as he thought the state was a “tourist spot”.

“The Gujarat election 2017 is not just a fight between two parties or a fight for who will become the chief minister, but it is to decide if ‘jativad’ (casteism) and ‘vanshvad’ (dynastic rule) will win or Narendra Modi’s ‘vikasvad’ (development politics),” Shah said in Bhavnagar.

He was addressing a rally before Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination from the Bhavnagar (west) seat. “The people of Gujarat have to decide, that will they choose the Congress which had tried to create a caste divide between 1985 and 1995 by putting the KHAM theory into practice or chose the development and stability provided by the BJP government from 1995 to 2017,” Shah said. KHAM, an acronym for Kshatriyas, Harijans, Adivasis (tribals) and Muslims, was often seen as a potent vote bloc.

“This time the Congress has tried to outsource its campaign and is just indulging in casteist politics to win the Gujarat polls,” Shah alleged. The BJP president said it was time for the people of Gujarat to decide if they would choose “casteism, dynastic rule, minority appeasement or the developmental politics and stability offered by the BJP”. “Friends, our leader Narendra Modi has started the process of ridding India of the politics of casteism, dynasty and minority appeasement,” Shah said.

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he said the UPA government had done nothing for Gujarat. “Rahul Gandhi thinks that this is a tourist spot. He is coming here quite often. I don’t have any problem with that but he should come here and give an account of what the Sonia-Manmohan (UPA) government, which ruled in Delhi for 10 years, did for Gujarat,” Shah said.

“They (UPA) did nothing. After Narendra Modi came to power in Delhi, he gave the bullet train, he gave the ‘Ro-Ro’ ferry service, he gave the international airport (for the Saurashtra region) and he resolved all the pending problems that Gujarat had with the Centre,” he said.

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    Nishanth
    Nov 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm
    Amitji....Una incident was casteism...vemula case was casteism....Making people of a particular community collecting toilet waste is casteism....Making people of a particular community to dispose of death animals is casteism....Jay shah and n number of union minister siblings r doing dynasty politics....U morons have made india to its knees.... developments u guys have done are brought gdp down, corruption have increased, poverty have increased, Gst is messed up, food prices have increased, terrorism have increased, hatered btw communities have increased, crony capitalism have increased.....Amitji...U r a mentally ed person....Ur face shows u have down syndrome...
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    1. Sunny KS
      Nov 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm
      By quoting development these people are continuously fooling public for years
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        Parth Garg
        Nov 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm
        While Amit Shah was hitting at dynasties he was unwittingly hitting at his own son Jai Shah.
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          Giri Gowda
          Nov 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm
          So Mr. Amit Shah's son Mr. Jai Shah should do nothing in life and become useless to prove the world something ?? Will you do the same thing to your children if you were in politics ?? Mr. AS is Two Hundred Thousand times better than Fake Gandhis, Mulayams, Laloos, DeveGowdas etc,
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            Nishanth
            Nov 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm
            Who's r u talking about......By blaming others, is no holier....Why would govt. or anyond give a loan of crores for a 50000 rs company.....It was only for money laundering funds aboard....For 10000₹ a mth job in it cell don't be a baktard....U r taking the country 50 yrs back...Grow up...
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            Giri Gowda
            Nov 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm
            It is for Fake Gandhis.. Laloos.... Mulayams... Deve Gowdas... ETC... He is talking about dynasty politics
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            samir
            Nov 22, 2017 at 10:34 am
            bjp is a curse. they have created lawlessness in country. mla mp are openly bought by money from ambani adani while poor lost their jobs. there is so much unemployment but bjp and sanghis getting rich. politics is criminalized openly and ppl are feeling insecure. the pm and ministers are incapable and just doing fake advertisments with bikau media. poor and common ppl will throw modi bjp and sanghi in coming elections.
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              AMM
              Nov 22, 2017 at 10:26 am
              Mr. Amit shah forgot to mention communalism.
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