Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders. Speaking at a ceremony in Ranchi to formally dedicate a 15-volume ‘Complete Works of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’, Shah said: “The Congress has undertaken only four national tours… Ek Jawaharlalji ki asthi kalash leke, ek Indiraji ki asthi kalash leke, ek Rajivji ki asthi kalash leke aur ab Rahulji nikal jaate hain bina kisi kalash ke (One with the urn carrying the remains of Jawaharlal, one with Indira’s remains, one with Rajiv’s remains. Now, Rahul sets out without any urn).”
“In contrast, our party, since its Jana Sangh days, has undertaken national journeys for things like prevention of cow slaughter, liberation of Goa, unity of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Ram Janmabhoomi, Somnath and so many other yatras,” he said.
Shah was speaking on the theme of ‘Comparative study of how different parties have fared in India since Independence’. He said the BJP was not here only to win elections and form governments but change “the scale of thinking” — “Hum logon ne soch ki scale badal di hai.”
Citing the BJP-led government’s Ujjwala programme, the Jan Dhan bank account initiative, electrification initiative and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Shah said: “When a girl in a village would go to relieve herself, people would stare at her, breaking her confidence gradually to the extent that she would forget about her dreams. Now, through the sanitation programme, we have given girls the right to dream.”
Comparing parties, he said internal democracy existed only in the BJP and the Communist party. “You know who is going to be the head of Congress… Or who will succeed Shibu Soren (JMM chief). But can you say, who will be BJP national president after Amit Shah,” he said.
According to Shah, the Congress, even during the Independence movement, did not have a clear view on aspects of governance. “It was a vehicle for Independence movement, carrying diverse ideological views, as all of them wanted India’s independence. But after that, when it was time to define national policy on subjects like defence, foreign, education etc, there was heavy copying from the West. It was against this that Syama Prasad Mookerjee raised his voice and ultimately laid the foundation for a 10-member Bharatiya Jana Sangh that is now the biggest political party in the world with 11 crore members,” he said.