1. Don’t fall prey to social media propaganda: Amit Shah to youths

Don’t fall prey to social media propaganda: Amit Shah to youths

BJP president Amit Shah today asked the youth of Gujarat not to fall prey to the anti-BJP propaganda being mounted by the Congress on social media.

By: | Ahmedabad | Published: September 10, 2017 6:40 PM
amit shah, BJP president, Goods and Services Tax, BJP government, Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat, Rath Yatra, GST Council, demonetisation, Narendra Modi, narendra modi government Replying to questions, Shah touched upon issues such as implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and demonetisation, and claimed that the Narendra Modi government has brought in substantial change during its three-year rule. (PTI)

BJP president Amit Shah today asked the youth of Gujarat not to fall prey to the anti-BJP propaganda being mounted by the Congress on social media. Shah’s statement came at a time when messages critical of the ‘Gujarat model of development’ under the BJP rule in the poll-bound state were being circulated on social media. During his interaction with youths at ‘Yuva Townhall’, Shah also came down heavily on the Congress and its vice president Rahul Gandhi, who had recently visited the city and questioned the BJP over its development claims.

Replying to questions, Shah touched upon issues such as implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and demonetisation, and claimed that the Narendra Modi government has brought in substantial change during its three-year rule. “I appeal to the youth not to blindly believe the anti- BJP propaganda being spread on WhatsApp and Facebook. Before making any judgement, you need to do analysis of what was Gujarat before the BJP came to power and what is the situation today,” said Shah. “This propaganda is largely spread by our opponent Congress,” the BJP president claimed.

Responding to a question about the BJP government’s achievements in Gujarat, Shah shared several figures about growth in agriculture sector, increase in per capita income, rise in the size of state budget, increase in the number of universities and several other parameters to prove his point that significant development took place after 1995. The BJP first came to power in Gujarat in 1995. “I want you to apply your mind before believing what is being circulated in WhatsApp. Just compare what kind of development took place before the BJP came to power and afterwards. These figures will clearly tell you that it was the BJP which did development,” claimed Shah.

He added that these figures related to the development in Gujarat will be uploaded on the BJP’s website so that youths can circulate it on social media to counter the propaganda. “Before 1995, when the Congress was in power, curfew and communal riots were rampant. Even the ‘Rath Yatra’ was attacked. Power cut of 10 to 15 hours was normal in rural parts of state during the Congress rule. But today, every part of the state is getting 24-hour uninterrupted power supply,” Shah said. “Rahulbaba (Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi) recently came here and raised question about development. I want to tell him that the venue of his event, the Sabarmati Riverfront, was nothing short of a pit of dirty water when the Congress was in power. Today, it is considered as the best riverfront in the world,” the BJP chief added. “Gujarat’s per capita income was just Rs 13,665 before 1995. Today, it is Rs 1.41 lakh. Is this not development Rahulbaba?” asked Shah, adding that the people of Gujarat should not get carried away by the false claims of the Congress and its leaders.

Responding to a question related to the BJP’s approach towards creating more employment, Shah said the method of calculating employment in the country needed to be changed. “I believe that employment should not be linked only with jobs. You can’t give jobs to 125 crore citizens. Employment should also mean self employment, start-ups or starting a small business. Thus, the method of calculating the employment generation, which solely takes into account job creation, should undergo change,” the BJP chief said. Responding to a question on the GST and its benefits, Shah said the BJP government at the Centre was trying its best to make it more trader-friendly. “We know that some (traders) are facing difficulties due to GST. But, the government is aware about it and understand your problem. The GST Council can always change the rules. Our aim is to make GST trader-friendly,” he said.

Responding to a question on demonetisation and its success, especially when the RBI has declared that almost 99 per cent notes have came back, Shah said the exercise was aimed at pushing the country’s economy forward by increasing the number of tax payers. “The RBI has declared that around 99 per cent notes have came back. But, did anyone asked the RBI how much were there in the past? Earlier, only 80 per cent currency notes were in the system, as 20 per cent notes used to remain with corrupt people, be it politicians or officers. Now, all these notes are back in the system,” said Shah. “Prior to demonetisation, only 3.6 crore people used to pay income tax. But now, it has risen to 6.3 crore. This shows that people are becoming honest.It is very easy to criticise something. But, demonetisation was an attempt to boost the country’s economy by increasing the number of tax payers,” he said. Over one lakh youths sitting in 312 different locations across Gujarat saw the event live while some of them even asked questions through video-conferencing.

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    rishi
    Sep 12, 2017 at 11:08 am
    some comments below appear to be motivated without any awareness of Indian politics....an almost fatally-wounded opposition trying to fish in international waters after failing here in India.Nothing wrong but the language and body-movements appear to be one who is alien to the idea of India embraced by a billion-plus RSS-BJP-Led-NDA well-wishers and admirers.
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      Lucian DSilva
      Sep 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm
      Aware about Anti-Congress champagne carried out in the past by many paid trolls from opposition particularly on non-issues like Pappu, Shajada, Italian, Bar tender, made all laugh, thrilled, in such wrong ways present politicians are seeing their own Bahut Aashe Din. People who spokes such teasing language were applauded and lifted upto this level by ignorants. Today, sorry to say, opposition raising voice on genuine issues are quietened up by religious dramas, caste dramas or last raise the issue of being Italians. Called "champagne”. Just await for the champagne now that is going without saying, agnst poor economic, unemployments, low GDP, high inflation, soaring price, no infrastructure in Govt. hospitals where children dies, but rulers alongwith their chhamchas are enjoying Chartered Aircrafts 24X7 hrs, 5 Star living. For Shortfalls blame the opposition but not knowing the very purpose for what people elected them is to bring us out from shortcomings.
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        AlsoIndian
        Sep 11, 2017 at 11:53 am
        The CRIMINAL TRIO MONKEYS are destroying the nation. They have bought the mainstream media which always keep praising the incompetent and corrupt government. The only means to communicate for the right people is the social media and now he wants people to stop believing in it. The figures released by this very government that the GDP has fallen drastically, demonetization has been a flop, GDP has dipped to the lowest in several years, unemployment is highest in more than a decade, India is charging the highest taxes, we are no. 1 corrupt country in the whole ASIA. But still don't believe in what others say until the nation is doomed.
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          shankar
          Sep 11, 2017 at 8:07 am
          But blindly believe BJP ewing and troll lies .....
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