MCD Election 2017: BJP's victory is a vote in favour of Narendra Modi, says Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday thanked the people of Delhi for their support to BJP in the MCD elections and made allegations of corruption against the Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal.

Addressing a press conference on his three-day visit to Bengal, the national president of BJP spoke on various issues like Narada scam, counterfeit currency in West Bengal and the rise of BJP in the state.

Starting his speech on a triumphant note, he said, "MCD election results have carried forward the victory chariot of BJP forward. People of Delhi have proved that the people of this country won't support any kind of negative politics."

He said that the Delhi civic polls were a vote in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three years in power and a vote against the "negative politics" of the AAP.

He thanked the people of Delhi for supporting the BJP in the MCD election and also thanked Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and the party workers for the win. He rubbished Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's claims on EVM-tampering.

Making allegations of corruption and poor governance against the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government in the state, he said, "Every fifth person in Bengal is working below the poverty line. Under the rule of TMC, Bengal is the lowest in terms of development."

Amit Shah. Reuters

Amit Shah. Reuters

"When India became independent, Bengal's share in India's development was 25 percent. Now it has reduced to four percent. This shows that this state has increasingly reducing its share in development, first in the rule of the communists and now in the rule of Trinamool Congress," he said.

He also said, "Bengal government has completely failed in stopping the business of counterfeit currency."

When asked to expand on his strong claims, he said, "Bengal has witnessed the most number of bomb blasts in this country. No other state has seen this much violence. Everyone knows that Bengal shares a border with Bangladesh, and that is how the counterfeit currency is entering India's boundaries."

The BJP leader was confident that the saffron party would successfully win the support of Bengali people for the 2019 General Elections. He said, "After Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, etc BJP workers have decided that now they would like to raise the BJP flag in Bengal."

He said that if BJP government is elected in Bengal, then the agricultural sector will see a significant growth just like that in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, etc.

Responding to Mamata Banerjee's claims that the Narada scam is a political event constructed by the BJP, he said, "There is no conspiracy here. This is not a bad accusation. The tape clearly shows TMC leaders taking bribe. This is an evidence-based accusation."

Rubbishing Banerjee's accusations that the BJP is trying to break the TMC government through bribery and bullying, Shah said, "She now has BJP-phobia. We are not in touch with any TMC leaders."

He added, "Atleast they are acknowledging us now. Earlier they used to slam communists and Congress, now it is BJP's turn."

On the Sukma attack, he said, "Like I said yesterday, violence can be answered only with development. BJP will take strong action against Naxalites and Maoists. Our only answer is Sabka saath sabka vikas."

He  also announced his 15-day tour to states like West Bengal, Orissa, Telangana, Lakshwadeep and Gujarat, where he will be visiting each of the above states for three days.

When asked to comment on the surge of violence in the country and the role of gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes), he said, "Everyone should follow the law. We have strongly sent this message."

He declined to comment on the Babri Masjid case.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 12:57:03 IST

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