Accusing the Congress of converting “loktantra” (democracy) into “parivar-tantra” (family system), Union Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday said that Congress insulted BR Ambedkar while the BJP built five memorials of him.
Addressing an election rally in Bardoli in Surat, Shah pointed at how a “chaiwala” became Prime Minister, referring to Narendra Modi and claimed that BJP rewards merit.
“In BJP, a person’s merit is seen, while in Congress, the background of parents is seen. You tell me if anyone will get a chance in Congress. They have changed this country’s Lok Tantra to Parivar Tantra,” Shah said.
The Union Minister also claimed that a metro rail project was sought for Surat between 2004-14 when Congress was power in Centre. The same was not granted by a prejudiced Congress, he said.
The Indian Express had reported that a detailed project report for constructing Surat Metro was sent to Government of India in August 2017.
During the day, Shah also held rallies in Dasada assembly seat in Surendranagar and Jasdan in Rajkot.
Addressing an election rally at Dasada — a reserved seat for Scheduled Castes currently held by Congress — Shah said, “For so many years, Congress did only politics with regard to Dalits. But after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, there were two Presidents. The BJP government appointed an adivasi woman, from a poor household (President Droupadi Murmu) and the second was Dalit President Ramnath Kovind,” Shah said.
“Five generations from Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi — did not leave any stone unturned to insult Babasaheb Ambedkar. He was not allowed into the Parliament, he was not given a Bharat Ratna and nor was a memorial made for him. It is only for votes, they kept chanting his name.”
He added Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP made a memorial for Ambedkar at Mhow, his birthplace in Madhya Pradesh .
“In London, where he studied, a similar memorial was built. In Nagpur a Deeksha Bhoomi was built, in Delhi where he breath his last, a mahapari nirvan sthal was built and in Mumbai where he was cremated, a Chaitanya Bhoomi was built — five pilgrimage spots were made for Ambedkar by BJP government,” Shah said.
“April 14 (the birth anniversary of Ambedkar) was declared as Samrastha Divas and November 26 was declared as Constitution Day and by doing all this, BJP government has inscribed the name of Ambedkar in gold,” he added.
Comparing the state budget presented in 1990 in Gujarat, with that presented by Bhupendra Patel government earlier this year, Shah said, “The last budget of Congress party was in 1990 when Rs 180 crore was allocated for scheduled castes. In the latest budget this time, BJP government has made a provision to spend Rs 6,000 crore.”
Shah said the “worlds biggest pumping station” is at Dasada. “If you look up, the hat over your head will fall. It is that high. From here (Narmada) water is lifted and supplied to entire Saurashtra. This has been done by BJP government,” he said asking audience to elect a BJP MLA from the seat in upcoming polls on December 1.
Speaking at Jasdan where Congress-turncoat Kunvarji Bavaliya is contesting as the saffron party candidate, Shah said, “I have seen Kunvarji bhai functioning since last several years in the Gujarat Assembly. He will fish out a small page from his pocket where he would have written about the issues facing Jasdan and he would raise the same on the floor of the House. I used to feel that Kunvarji was a BJP party material and the party would be perfect for him.”
In his speeches, Shah also blamed the Congress for the delay in construction of Narmada dam and criticised both Congress and AAP for associating with activist Medha Patkar who opposed the construction of dam.