BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday began his whirlwind tour of Madhya Pradesh by recalling former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comment, made nearly 12 years ago, that minorities had the first right on resources.
“When Narendra Modi became PM, his first sentence was that this government is of tribals, Dalits and poor, but Manmohan Singh used to say minorities have the first right on resources,’’ Shah said, addressing the day’s first rally in tribal-dominated Badwani.
Shah said that Modi backed his words with action by keeping tribals and the poor in the centre of various developmental schemes. There was no separate tribal ministry when the country was ruled by the Congress for decades, he said, adding that his party’s government implemented the forest rights Act.
Shah, who will address a slew of rallies and participate in road shows over the next six days, accused the Congress of not paying respect to tribal heroes while claiming that only one family contributed to India’s independence. The Congress president is suffering from “Modiphobia” because “no matter what, he sees Modi everywhere”. Rahul Gandhi should not ask what Modi did in the last 4.5 years but give an account of governance when his forefathers ruled the country, he said.
Describing MP as a BJP citadel, the BJP leader said it was not easy to defeat his party in the state. He alleged that the Congress will stop development projects like laying of railway lines if it comes to power in the state. “They could not finalise their leader for MP. They have no neta (leader), niti (policy) and siddhant (principles). They will derail the development done in the state during the 15 years of BJP rule,’’ he said, while crediting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for turning a laggard (BIMARU) state into a developed state.
Shah raised the issue of NRC, saying that each and every infiltrator will be identified and driven out of the country. “We prioritise the country’s security over our lives,” he said. While Modi talks about Make in India, the Congress supports those who want to break the country, he alleged. He also referred to the surgical strikes in Pakistan.
Insisting that the Congress did nothing for farmers, he listed the steps taken by his party’s government to provide loans at zero per cent to farmers, procurement of wheat and paddy, payment of bonus, soil health card and national crop insurance scheme.