Congress is 3G now after Priyanka 'G'andhi's entry in politics, says Amit Shah at East Midnapore rally; refers to UPA-era 2G scam

  • Amit Shah said, 'We had then witnessed the 2G scam of Rs 12 lakh crore. Now, if the third G joins the '2Gs', what will be the amount of the scam'

  • The BJP president, addressing a rally in East Midnapore, said a government run by a dynasty cannot serve people

  • Shah had launched the BJP's Lok Sabha election campaign at Malda in West Bengal last week

Kanthi: BJP president Amit Shah mocked the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as a Congress general secretary on Tuesday and said a government run by a dynasty could not serve the people, but could only provide a "majboor" (helpless) government.

The Congress had brought the "third G" into the fray after the "two Gs — Sonia G and Rahul G" — to indulge in more corruption, he told a public rally in Kanthi in East Midnapore district of West Bengal.

Referring to the 2G scam that dogged the Congress-led UPA-2 regime, Shah said the Opposition party wanted to indulge in more corruption now with the induction of the "third G — Priyanka G".

 Congress is 3G now after Priyanka Gandhis entry in politics, says Amit Shah at East Midnapore rally; refers to UPA-era 2G scam

File image of BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

"I am here to tell you that during the 10 years of the UPA rule under (then prime minister) Manmohan Singh, there were only two Gs — Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. We had then witnessed the 2G scam of Rs 12 lakh crore. Now, if the third G joins the '2Gs', what will be the amount of the scam?

"The Congress has made a long-term plan of indulging in corruption by joining the 2Gs and the third G," he said.

Shah's comments came in the backdrop of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being appointed the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East by her brother and Congress president Rahul Gandhi last week.

Stating that the Congress and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal were both sides of the same coin as both parties were run by dynasties, the BJP chief said like Rahul was there to take over his party's reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi, in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had her nephew Abhishek Banerjee to take charge of the TMC after her.

"Dynasties cannot serve the country well. The dynasts say the country needs a majboor (helpless) government, but the BJP says it needs a majboot (strong) government. Only Narendra Modi and the BJP can provide a majboot government at the Centre," he said.

Asking the people whether the country needed a "leader" or a "dealer", Shah said only the saffron party could provide a government headed by a leader and the Opposition wanted to throw up a government led by "dealers and brokers".

Launching his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in West Bengal, Shah had held a rally in Malda last week, where he had scoffed at the efforts of the Opposition parties to forge a grand alliance.

He had said the proposed grand alliance, the leaders of which had recently attended a pubic rally convened by the TMC in Kolkata, was driven by the "greed for power" with nine potential prime ministerial candidates in its ranks.

Updated Date: Jan 30, 2019 08:13:32 IST