Assembly Elections 2017: BJP to focus on demonetisation, LoC strikes during poll campaign

New Delhi: Making it apparent that demonetisation along with the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) will be two major campaign issues for the Bhartiya Janata party Amit Shah described them as "historic", claiming that the note ban decision would result in more revenues that would be spent on pro-poor welfare measures.

In his inaugural address to the party's national executive, the BJP party president targeted the rivals criticising demonetisation, saying they used to earlier question what the government has done against black money and now they are asking why it took such a decision.

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. AFP

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. AFP

"Their shift from what to why has exposed them," he said, asserting that BJP will win the polls in all five states — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Referring to the party's last national executive meeting held in Kozhikode in September, he said its leaders then had felt the pain of Uri terror attacks as he highlighted the two "historic" decisions of the government afterwards.

"For the first time India carried out such a surgical strike. The whole world appreciated India's strength. It was an example of great bravery. This surgical strike is India's answer to terrorism. BJP always spoke about its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and has now acted accordingly.

"Demonetisation was also a brave and historic decision. People voted for us not merely to run the country but to turn it around and change the poor's fate. They wanted us to start welfare schemes for the poor and do more for them. That is why people have appreciated it and the poor backing it," he said.

Claiming that various surveys have shown overwhelming public support to the exercise, he said it has rattled the opposition.

"Opposition has been exposed and does not know what to do as the poor, who for historical reasons shown preference for a few parties, are now backing Modi and BJP and the pro-poor plank has been snatched from the hands of these parties," Shah said.

The members of BJP parliamentary board joined the top party leaders on dais to hail Modi for his historic decisions while the national executive gave him a standing ovation.

With Opposition wondering as to how much black money has been unearthed by demonetisation as reports have surfaced that most of the old currency in circulation has been deposited in banks, Shah said it has accounted for all the money in circulation, resulting in more tax collections and revenue.

"All the results of demonetisation are good. It will stop tax evasion... More money will be spent on welfare schemes," he said.

"Such decisions should be taken which do good to people and not only look good. We feel the people's pain but if something is good for the country in long term, then it may cause some immediate difficulty too. What is clear from surveys carried out after November 8 is that over 75 percent of people support it," he said.

The demonetisation decision was not "abrupt", he contended, arguing that the government was in "active mode" against black money since it took over in 2014.

Published Date: Jan 07, 2017 11:39 AM | Updated Date: Jan 07, 2017 12:16 PM

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