Launching a scathing attack on the opposition Congress, BJP president Amit Shah yesterday said it was founded by a British and had undertaken only four national tours, out of which three were with the mortal remains of its leaders, according to a report by The Indian Express. Addressing the party workers in Ranchi to formally dedicate a 15-volume ‘Complete Works of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’, the BJP president has said: “The Congress has undertaken only four national tours… Ek Jawaharlalji ki asthi kalash leke, ek Indiraji ki asthi kalash leke, ek Rajivji ki asthi kalash leke aur ab Rahulji nikal jaate hain bina kisi kalash ke (One with the urn carrying the remains of Jawaharlal, one with Indira’s remains, one with Rajiv’s remains. Now, Rahul sets out without any urn),” as per The Indian Express.
Shah also pointed out the contrasting nature of the BJP saying, “our party, since its Jana Sangh days, has undertaken national journeys for things like prevention of cow slaughter, liberation of Goa, unity of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Ram Janmabhoomi, Somnath and so many other yatras,” the IE report said. He said the motive of the BJP was not only to win elections and form govenment but to change the scale of thinking. “Hum logon ne soch ki scale badal di hai (We have changed the scale of thinking)” Shah said while speaking on the theme of ‘Comparative study of how different parties have fared in India since Independence,’ as per IE.
The Congress, Shah said, did not have a clear view on aspects of governance even during the Independence movement. Shah also accused the party of copying the national policy “heavily” on subjects like defence, foreign, education etc from the West. “It (Congress) was against this that Syama Prasad Mookerjee raised his voice and ultimately laid the foundation for a 10-member Bharatiya Jana Sangh that is now the biggest political party in the world with 11 crore members,” Shah was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
While comparing other parties, he said internal democracy existed only in the BJP and the Communist party. “You know who is going to be the head of Congress… Or who will succeed Shibu Soren (JMM chief). But can you say, who will be BJP national president after Amit Shah,” he as per IE. Shah also heaped a praise on BJP-led government’s Ujjwala programme, the Jan Dhan bank account initiative, electrification initiative and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the report added.