2019 polls will be about strong or help­less govt: Amit Shah

Says In­dia is not a 'dharamshala' for il­le­gal im­mi­grants

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Terming any grand al­liance be­tween var­i­ous op­po­si­tion par­ties as a 'sham,' BJP chief Amit Shah on Satur­day said in the next par­lia­men­tary elec­tions peo­ple will have to de­cide whether they want 'strong' or the 'help­less' gov­ern­ment.

Shah said the pro­posed grand al­liance may not have any im­pact in var­i­ous states bar­ring Ut­tar Pradesh where it could pose some chal­lenge for the party, but he is hope­ful for fur­ther im­prov­ing its per­for­mance and is aim­ing for more than 51 per cent vote in the state, re­ports PTI.

Most of the re­gional par­ties are un­likely to have any im­pact on the elec­toral out­comes out­side their re­spec­tive states, Shah said while assert­ing that pol­i­tics is also about chem­istry.

"Pol­i­tics is not physics where two plus two be­comes four, it is chem­istry. The grand al­liance is noth­ing but a sham. Per­haps only in Ut­tar Pradesh the grand al­liance be­tween SP and BSP could pose some chal­lenge for the party. The BJP had got more than 40 per cent vote share in the state and will fight for more than 51 per cent vote share in the next gen­eral elec­tions," he said.

De­scrib­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi as strong and de­ci­sive leader, Shah said the next elec­tions will be about either strong gov­ern­ment led by Modi or help­less gov­ern­ment of grand al­liance.

"Now peo­ple have to de­cide in 2019, that whether they want maz­boot sarkar aur maz­boor sarkar (strong gov­ern­ment or help­less gov­ern­ment)," he said. Con­fi­dent of party's bet­ter per­for­mance in Lok Sabha elec­tions next year, Shah said BJP got more than 17 crore votes in 2014 gen­eral elec­tions and in the last four years of its gov­ern­ment, it has pro­vided ben­e­fits to more than 22 crore peo­ple through its var­i­ous wel­fare schemes. Re­ply­ing a ques­tion on the is­sue of Ram tem­ple, Shah said the party has al­ways main­tained that the grand Lord Ram tem­ple should be built at the ear­li­est in Ay­o­d­haya. Speak­ing on NRC, Shah said that In­di­ans have the right to the coun­try's re­sources, and it is not a 'dharamshala' where il­le­gal im­mi­grants can come to set­tle down.

De­scrib­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion as threat to the coun­try, Shah said Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC) is a way to solve the ba­sic prob­lems of the coun­try and should not be con­nected to the BJP.

"NRC should not be seen by con­nect­ing it with the BJP only. It is a way to solve the coun­try's ba­sic prob­lems. How is it pos­si­ble that any­one can come and set­tle down here? The coun­try can­not run like this. Those who are its cit­i­zens should stay here only and they only have the right to the re­sources of this coun­try.

"This coun­try is not a dharamshala (char­i­ta­ble shel­ter home) that any­one can come and set­tle down here," Shah said while speak­ing at the Ja­gran Fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Dainik Ja­gran me­dia group.

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