Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Thursday addressed a rally in Bihar and said that when the BJP used to rule in the state (alongside former ally JDU), it was on the verge of getting rid of the tag of ‘bimaru state’. He claimed that both Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are BJP ruled have done so. Shah also spoke about the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits and the opposition parties’ complaints about it. Addressing the matter, Shah said that the opposition made an issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi foreign trips while as per figures, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited more countries than PM Modi did. The BJP President further said that Prime Minister Modi’s visits ‘appeared’ higher because when former PM Manmohan Sigh went on foreign visits, nobody knew when he went and came back.
Earlier yesterday Amit Shah had launched an attack on the Himachal Pradesh’ Congress government and had accused it of not properly utilising the liberally sanctioned funds by the Central government. Shah had also predicted a landslide victory in the upcoming Assembly elections with a two-third majority, according to PTI. Speaking to reporters, the BJP President had said corruption was rampant in the state. Taking a dig at Virbhadra Singh, Shah said that it was surprising to see the Chief Minister treating corruption charges as medals when the mafias were ruling there.
According to PTI, Shah said that the NDA government at the centre had been too liberal and had sanctioned Rs 2850 crore for the Una-Hamirpur railway line and the survey of the Anupalli – Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Leh strategic railway line had been completed, while several other projects were still in the pipeline. He had said that the Modi government at the Centre had been adopting “all embracing” policies to focus on the poor and not discriminate against any government.