Updated: July 4, 2022 1:43:57 am
ASSERTING THAT the “appeasement politics” of state governments run by the Opposition has led to “communalism” and “radicalisation”, senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday that India will “move forward to become the vishwaguru” when the “politics of appeasement, dynasty and casteism end in the country”.
On the concluding day of the BJP national executive meeting, Shah, who moved the political resolution setting the party’s target for the various elections coming up, said the coming “30-40 years will be the era of the BJP”, which is focused on “politics of development and performance”.
Shah began his address by highlighting the recent Supreme Court verdict, which agreed with the findings of the Special Investigation Team that there was no “larger conspiracy” behind the 2002 Gujarat riots and endorsed the clean chit to Narendra Modi, who was then the state’s chief minister, and others in cases related to the riots.
“Amit Shahji drew the attention of leaders to the historic judgment by the Supreme Court on Gujarat. He said whatever allegations were there on the PM, they have been proved wrong. The judgment has exposed the conspiracies of ideological-oriented mediapersons and NGOs. Throughout the years, he (Modi) has maintained silence, Like Lord Neelkanth (Lord Shiva) during the Amrit Manthan, he, too, had swallowed the poison and kept it in his throat,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said while briefing the media about the political resolution moved by Shah.
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Sarma said: “The Home Minister said he (Modi) did not make a political drama like a certain leader did when he was called for questioning by an investigation agency.”
Both Sarma and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai seconded the resolution. While Sarma referred to BJP’s achievements and focus on the northeast, Bommai elaborated on political developments in the southern states.
“He (Bommai) spoke about the rising fundamentalists and their organisation. Congress does caste politics and for them, there is jaati within jaati (caste within caste). But the BJP will soon have a breakthrough in the south. The next growth area of the BJP will come from the south,” Sarma said, adding that the BJP will come to power in the southern states, including in Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, as well as in West Bengal and Odisha.
Sarma said that while moving the resolution, Amit Shah also referred to the Northeast and how Modi has initiated developments there. Asked about the delay in singing the Naga peace accord, he said: “By 2024, there will be no fault line. All issues will be resolved.”
According to Sarma, Shah blamed the Congress for having a “Modi phobia” and “objecting to everything” while listing the surgical strike, triple talaq, Yoga day, Ram Mandir and “even the Covid vaccination”. “They opposed every policy that was initiated by this Government for the poor,” Sarma said.
“The Congress is the party of a family. There were demands for internal elections but they are not doing it,” he said, adding that the BJP “considers politics as a way to serve people”.
Asked if discussions on the political resolution included Nupur Sharma’s comments on the Prophet, and the violent protests that followed, or the Udaipur and Amaravati killings, Sarma said Shah “reiterated that violence in politics should not be there” and that he “spoke about fundamentalism and appeasement”.
According to Sarma, Shah also praised the Prime Minister for choosing a Dalit as the country’s President in 2017 and a tribal woman as the candidate for the July 18 presidential election. He said that Shah referred to the Agnipath scheme, appointment of Chief of Defence Staff, ban on import of 340 defence items and abrogation of Article 370 as the Modi government’s achievements.
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