“You have trusted a family for 60 years, now trust BJP and Modi and you will not feel betrayed,” BJP President Amit Shah told the people of Amethi, while addressing a public meeting here. He added that, Modi and Adiyanath will ensure all-round development of Amethi as also rest of the state.
Amethi is known all over the world as a “Nehru-Gandhi family bastion” but there has been no development, he said. He said there were two models of development here — a “Nehru-Gandhi model” and the “Modi model”
Responding to Gandhi’s repeated posers as to what the BJP had done during its rule, Shah said, “the Congress ruled the country for 70 years. I want to ask you that you have been MP here for a long time but why is there no collector’s office, TB hospital and Akashwani’s FM here? Erosion of land due to Gomti river has not been stopped.” He added that the BJP has “given a prime minister who speaks”.
Slamming Gandhi for questioning development in Gujarat, Shah said, “He is mocking at the development in Gujarat. I want to ask ‘Shahzada’ of the Congress as to what your three generations have given to Amethi? You sought account of our past three years but people of Amethi are taking account of works done here by your past three generations.”
Taking a swipe at Gandhi, Shah said, “Rahul baba cannot see development as he sports Italian spectacles.”
He said the Modi government had launched 106 schemes over the last three years and named some of those.
“For the first time in 35-40 years, I am seeing that the winning candidate (Rahul Gandhi) remains missing from his constituency and a defeated candidate (Irani) is giving time to the people,” Shah said. “When a leader does not get mandate, then that leader tends to desert that constituency,” he said and hailed Irani for working for the constituency despite her defeat.
Asserting that “Lotus will bloom in Amethi in the next Lok Sabha elections, Shah said, “When we come to the people asking for votes in 2019, we will not come with excuses and say what we will do in future. We will come with details and full report of what we have already done and achieved,” the BJP chief said.
The BJP chief also said, “During the UPA government under the 13th Finance Commission, UP’s share in central taxes was Rs 2,80,467 crore.” The Modi government implemented recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission under which the state’s share in central taxes went up to Rs 7,10,966 crore, Shah said. As far as local bodies’ grants are concerned, the Modi government gave Rs 4,77,000 crore more to UP as compared to UPA government.
Shah also spoke about the “strong decisions” taken by Modi, like the surgical strikes at terror camps in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir last year. “The world today recognises India as a power to reckon with. People welcome Modi ji wherever he goes in the world.