Amit Shah in Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah is visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat where assembly elections will be held later this year. After masterminding stunning victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand assembly polls and MCD elections Delhi, BJP is again banking on its charismatic duo of PM Modi and Amit Shah to hold its citadel by winning a staggering 150 seats out of total 182- Gujarat, according to Indian Express report. The results will be crucial for BJP as it would like to make inroads in Karnataka where polls are due next year.
In brilliant move to woo tribal voters, Shah had visited Devaliya village in Chhota Udepur, which is considered as a Congress stronghold. The BJP president held a door-to-door campaign and had lunch at the house of a tribal party worker. To achieve its target of securing 150, party needs to perform well in the tribal belt of eastern Gujarat. Shah is again banking on PM Modi’s image to seek favourable mandate. When Narendra Modi was Chief Minister, we won 127 seats. Now, he is our PM, our gift for him will be to win more than 150 Assembly seats… and for that we have to win all tribal area seats of Gujarat, Shah told tribal workers.
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Talking about the welfare schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government over the last three years, Shah said, “it is our job to take those schemes to the needy.” irrespective of caste and creed.” BJP Chief also had hailed the ruling dispensation in Gujarat for “bringing development to tribals in the last 22 years”.
Launching a scathing attack on Congress, Shah said that it has has only shown you dreams. He also said the party is only interested in paying lip service to Dalits and adivasis. “Congress only talks about Dalits, tribals and of social inclusion, but what happened during the Congress rule is all for you to see. No power, no water, no road, no health centres. There used to be curfews for months and unemployment was at its peak,” he said launching a broadside against the Congress which has a strong following in tribal areas of the state.
Listing out the achievments of the erstwhile Modi government in Gujarat, the former Home Minister of the state said that in 2001, state government had ensured a 24-hour power supply to the smallest and remotest villages, and also got schools constructed in villages while appointing teachers. He said health services improved under the BJP government through dial 108 ambulances and public health centres.