Launching a scathing attack on previous Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra, Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday asked former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and NCP chief Sharad Pawar where the Rs 70,000 crore that was supposed to be spent on irrigation projects during their tenure disappeared.
“Ajit Pawar spent Rs 70,000 crore on irrigation projects during the tenure of the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra. I want to know from Prithviraj Chavan and Sharad Pawar where this money disappeared… Paisa kahan gaya? Pani kahan gaya? Ek bhi boond pani nahi aaya (Where has the money disappeared? Where has the water gone? Not a drop of water has been made available),” he said at an election rally for BJP candidates Atul Bhosale and Udayanraje Bhosale at Shivaji Stadium in Karad.
Atul Bhosale is contesting against senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan from Karad South assembly seat whereas Udayanraje Bhosale is contesting from Satara Lok Sabha seat.
Shah arrived at the venue three hours late and was quick to apologise to the waiting crowd. The BJP chief also challenged Sharad Pawar to prove even a “single corruption charge” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. “Not a single corruption charge has been brought up against the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. I challenge Sharad Pawar to prove any corruption charge… If I count the corruption charges against PMs and CMs from the Congress, it will take me more than a week…,” he said.
The Home Minister said the 14th Finance Commission in the Modi government’s tenure sanctioned Rs 2,86,356 crore for Maharashtra as against only Rs 1,15,500 crore under the 13th Finance Commission during the Congress regime. “For Maharashtra, the Modi government during its first tenure sanctioned Rs 4,38,707 crore for various development projects like Metro, Awas Yojana, electricity, smart city, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Yojana,” he said.
Referring to scrapping of Article 370, Shah asked the crowd if the issue should be part of election campaigning. “People like Prithviraj Chavan are saying the issue cannot be part of the state election campaign. I want the voters to ask Chavan whether he is in favour or against the scrapping of Article 370… I want to ask people whether Kashmir issue should be part of election campaigns or not,” he said.
“What had not happened for 70 years finally happened during the Modi regime. August 5, 2019 will remain a historic day for India…The Prime Minister has shown to the world what he is capable of. The world now knows they cannot fiddle with our border,” he added.
The BJP president also spoke about the (Balakot) airstrike and the surgical strike. He said, “During the Manmohan Singh regime, terrorists were freely going on the rampage, killing our people and soldiers. Now, through airstrike and surgical strike, the Modi government has pushed the terrorists and Pakistan on the backfoot… Humne unko ghar me ghuske maara hai.”
Shah said whether it was the issue of triple talaq or NRC, the Modi government has dealt with them effectively. “Who are these infiltrators? Are they relatives of Congress leaders?…The problem will be resolved once and for all,” he said.
Referring to the damage caused by rain to crops in Satara district, Shah said the “government will do whatever is possible for the affected farmers” after the Model Code of Conduct is no longer applicable.
Urging people of Karad to vote for Atul Bhosale, Shah said, “Bhosale might have lost in the last election, but this time if people of Karad elect him, I will make him Maharashtra ka neta.”