Addressing youths at a town hall meeting, Shah praised the development efforts of the Raje government. However, he said, “I just told Vasundhara ji at the airport — ke jo kaam hua hui, uska prachar karne mein aap sampoornthya vifal ho gayi hain, aapne kaam he kara hai, prachar nahi kara hai (you have completely failed in publicising the work you have done. You have only worked and not publicised it).”
Stating that there are many central and state government schemes which are “transforming the state”, he said, “There is not a single family in Rajasthan which didn’t get anything (any benefit). In five years of governance, the Vasundhara government reached every person. Twenty-four lakh families benefited from Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana, 32 lakh people received gas connections under Ujjwala Yojana, 40 lakh people received loans under Mudra scheme, 13 lakh benefited from Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, 50 lakh women received mobile phones, college youths received laptops, girls received scooties, 11 lakh daughters received benefits of the Rajshree Yojana, toilets were built in 80 lakh homes…”
Claiming that “the biggest achievement of Vasundhara ji is that she increased the groundwater level by 11 feet”, Shah said, “Friends, so much work has been done; 900 per cent increase in e-mitra, 95 per cent increase in ITI, 100 per cent increase in medical colleges… can you imagine a 900 per cent increase in five years? This can never happen. And Congress left the budget at Rs 94,000 crore five years ago, which has been increased to Rs 2.12 lakh crore by the BJP. Revenue was Rs 52,000 crore, which increased to Rs 1.03 lakh crore. Per capita income was Rs 61,000 which has been increased to Rs 76,000 in five years.”
The BJP president also appealed to the youths to hold Congress workers by their “collars” and seek accountability. “Friends, I appeal to all youths, whenever you see a Congress member seeking votes, hold him by his collar and ask him, what gives you the right to come to us?”
Shah said the Congress “afflicted the democracy with three ills: casteism, nepotism and appeasement. These ills ate the merits. Youths who had merit and looked promising did not get a platform.”
Shah later left for Bikaner where he held a roadshow, before flying to Delhi.