‘BJP needs to win for 50 crore poor’

Shah reels off Modi govt’s feats at na­tional meet

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party made it clear on Fri­day that the party is go­ing to rally Brand Modi in a big way and make 2019 Lok Sabha polls a ‘Modi ver­sus All Oth­ers’ match. Party na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah ex­horted cadres to pledge to once again bring BJP to power at the Cen­tre, with Naren­dra Modi as Prime Min­is­ter.

“Prime Min­is­ter Modi has given a de­ci­sive, trans­par­ent, sen­si­tive, demo­cratic gov­ern­ment in the last five years. In­dia is mov­ing for­ward un­der his lead­er­ship. This gov­ern­ment has not only raised the slo­gan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, but also im­ple­mented it in let­ter and spirit,” Shah said in his open­ing ad­dress at the party’s two-day na­tional con­ven­tion in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan.

Shah as­serted that the vic­tory for BJP is im­por­tant for 50 crore poor peo­ple of this coun­try, for the youth and for women who have suf­fered “ne­glect” un­der the pre­vi­ous Con­gress dis­pen­sa­tions.

The BJP chief said the party was in power in only six states when it won the 2014 polls. “To­day, the party is in power in 16 states. The mem­ber­ship of the party has risen from 2.4 crore in 2014 to 11 crore at present,” he said.

On the eve of the birth an­niver­sary of Swami Vivekananda, the BJP pres­i­dent said, “Prime Min­is­ter Modi will ful­fill the dream of an In­dia that Swami Vivekananda en­vi­sioned.”

Shah said un­der Modi gov­ern­ment, the eco­nomic pa­ram­e­ters of the coun­try have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly. “From ninth largest econ­omy in 2014, we are now the sixth largest econ­omy,” he said.

Shah said the Modi gov­ern­ment has taken 50 his­toric de­ci­sions since it came to power, and two ma­jor de­ci­sions in the last week alone that have mas­sive im­pli­ca­tions for the fu­ture.

“The first key de­ci­sion in the last week is pro­vid­ing 10 per cent reser­va­tion for the poor from up­per castes in ed­u­ca­tion and jobs.

The sec­ond one is sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of the GST and the re­lief given to small traders and man­u­fac­tur­ers,” he said.

Shah also de­scribed Modi as the most pop­u­lar Prime Min­is­ter since In­de­pen­dence and the most pop­u­lar leader of the world.

Reel­ing off sta­tis­tics re­lated to the gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments, Shah said that in the last four-and-a-half years, 6 crore women re­ceived free LPG con­nec­tions, 9 crore house­holds got toi­lets, 2.5 crore houses were elec­tri­fied and 2.5 crore got free hous­ing. He de­scribed Ayushman Bharat as the world’s largest health in­sur­ance pro­gramme. “As many as 50 crore peo­ple of the coun­try are re­ceiv­ing Rs 5 lakh health in­sur­ance cover for hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion and other ex­penses,” he said.

Shah re­called the con­tri­bu­tions of late Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee as the pa­tri­arch of the BJP and a for­mer prime min­is­ter. “Though there is a vac­uum in the party after his the demise, he will al­ways re­main with the peo­ple and the party as it pur­sues his goals,” he said.

At a time the Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad are build­ing pres­sures on the BJP over the is­sue of Ram tem­ple, the BJP pres­i­dent said, “We are in favour of con­struct­ing a grand Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya at the ear­li­est at the birth place of Lord Ram, but in a con­sti­tu­tional way. We will ex­pose the hur­dles placed by the Con­gress on this is­sue,” he said.

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