Amit Shah slams Congress, says a dynastic party can never take India forward

New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday took a jibe at the Congress, saying a party which considers "dynasty" as its quality benchmark, can never take the country forward. Addressing a convention of the party, Shah said among all the political parties in the country, only the BJP and the "Communist party" have internal democracy.

To drive home his point, Shah threw a poser to the audience, seeking to know who will occupy the post of the BJP president after him.

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

As the audience remained quiet, he asked: "Now tell me who will be the next Congress President after Soniaji (Gandhi)?"

Following a pause, when the audience broke into a laughter, Shah continued: "That says a lot. If dynasty, instead of merit is the benchmark in a party, then it can never take the country forward."

Shah said Congress, formed before the country's independence, never had any consistent ideology and whoever wanted freedom joined it.

"That is why Gandhiji wanted it (Congress) to be disbanded after independence," he said.

Listing the achievements of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, including the decision to demonetise high-value currency last year, he said, "We take decisions that are good for the people. Our aim is not to increase votes, but to develop the country".

Addressing the party's 'prominent citizens of Delhi' programme at the NDMC Convention Centre, Shah called for a comparative study on the work of governments of different political parties'.

"Post independence, people have seen governments of four different kinds of political parties, including Congress, Communists, regional parties and the BJP in the country and in different states.

"The kind of work they have done for the people can easily be compared. The Congress and the regional parties got long governance spells and made states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar 'Bimaru' (sick)," he said.

'BI' in BIMARU stood for Bihar, which was in a good shape when the BJP and JD(U) were in power there, the BJP chief said.

"M and R were Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively, where progress can be seen," he said, adding that 'U' stands for Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has formed a government and in five years, the image of the state will be changed.

Listing the BJP-led government's achievements, Shah said that in the country, creating jobs only meant giving government jobs or private company jobs, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi government gave a new vision of self-employment through very low interests, turning job seekers into job givers.

Lauding the Modi government, he said that usually the Central government do two or three historic works in their 50 years of rule," but the Modi government has done 50 such works in the last three years".

"Under the leadership of Modi, BJP wants to create an India where power, water and gas connection are available in every household and there are roads in villages. "For the development of the country and the welfare of the poor people, BJP-led Central government has introduced 106 schemes," he said.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 11:23 AM

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