BJP national president Amit Shah Thursday asked party workers to visit every house in Uttar Pradesh to inform people about the alleged “anti-national” slogans that were raised on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus and enquire if they would tolerate the same.
Addressing workers in Lucknow, Shah also asked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to clarify whether the slogans amounted to being anti-national or not even as he read out four of them — “Afzal hum sharminda hain, tere qatil zinda hain; Bharat teri barbadi tak jang jari rahegi; bharat tere tukde honge; har ghar me Afzal paida hoga”.
“At JNU, Rahul Gandhi had said there was a ban on freedom of expression. I again ask
Rahul Gandhi to clarify whether these four slogans are anti-national or against freedom of expression. The Congress and
Rahul Gandhi should not remain silent and clarify their stand,” said Shah, adding that he has been asking this question to Rahul for the last six days but has received no response from the leader.
Shah asked mediapersons to ask the same question to Rahul again and again. “Rahul Gandhi must tell the nation the ideological base of his party,” he said, adding that he was raising JNU issue because it was related to “nationalism”.
Rahul, recently, had out in support of JNU students, who are protesting the arrest of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charge, and has accused RSS and BJP of imposing their ideology.
The BJP president said his party’s stand was very clear. “The BJP and its government are committed to take strict action if such slogans are raised in any part of the country. BJP never supports such slogans,” Shah said.
Shah, meanwhile, said his party will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh after Assembly elections in the state next year. “Forming the government in UP with absolute majority is BJP’s target. Party workers will again play a key role in achieving the goal, just like they had done in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when BJP had won 71 out of 80 seats in UP,” he added.
Shah said BJP has decided to have its own party office in all districts across the country by December 2017. “Land for these offices will be purchased by December, this year… Land has been acquired for party office in around 40 districts so far and development work will begin in around 200 districts across the country by April,” he added.
The new party offices will be equipped with advanced facilities, including libraries with books on political ideologies, social media rooms and rooms for comfortable stay of party workers.