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Delhi polls: Little magic, bit of barb at Amit Shah show

BJP national president Shah arrived another two hours late at rally and spoke of “Rahul baba and Pakistan”.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2015 11:52:57 am
Amit Shah, BJP Delhi elections, BJP national president Amit Shah with party senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi during birth anniversary celebration of Jannayak Karpoori Thakur at Veterinary Ground in Patna on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Six-year-old Varun stood tugging at his mother’s shawl. Restless and teary-eyed, he insisted she took him home. “Shhhh. He will be here anytime now,” she told him. But two hours in wait, Amit Shah was nowhere in sight.

Just when some of the 600-odd residents of Sunlight Colony began abandoning their BJP badges and caps, a man dressed in a saffron robe, sporting the party symbol, walked up to the stage. “Aaj mein aapko ek jaadoo dikhata hoon,” said the magician, clutching a funnel, a rope and an A4-sized sheet in his hand.

Suddenly, those who had begun leaving rushed for the front-row seats. Even as the nervous BJP candidate from the constituency,M S Dheer, waited for Shah’s arrival, the magician took to the stage. The magic show, an initiative of the BJP’s creative cell, ensured that the next 20 minutes were definitely interesting. That did not, however, mean the end of the wait for the people.

BJP national president Shah arrived another two hours later and spoke of “Rahul baba and Pakistan”. “Come February 7, I hope you have decided who to choose from — a government that says something and does it or a government that says something and does exactly the opposite… Rahul baba on TV had said that during Manmohan Singh’s tenure, it was always Pakistan who opened fire and even during Modi’s time, it is Pakistan who opens fire. But there is a difference. I want to tell him that during Manmohan’s time, it was Pakistan who opened fire and ended fire. During Modi’s tenure so far, it is Pakistan who opens fire but it is India that ends it,” Shah said.

“Does it look like the AAP does what it says? If that was the case, Dheer would not have joined us. He would have remained in AAP. The AAP said they will not join politics. Haven’t they? They said they will not join hands with the Congress, haven’t they? They said they will make the posts of contract labourers permanent. Have they?”

Referring to the Rs 2 crore donation that the AAP allegedly received from “dubious” sources, Shah said, “Those who take black money in the dark of night will never be able to bring development (to Delhi).”

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