Taking a swipe at the opposition grand alliance for not naming the Prime Ministerial candidate, BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday wondered how they expected to run the country without a leader if they came to power and said the nation would be safe from terror attacks only if Narendra Modi was once again installed in the post.
“Can Mahamilavat- Congress and JD(S) keep the country safe? Can they give a befitting reply to terrorism and Pakistan? They cannot keep this country safe. To keep the country safe BJP has to come to power with Narendra Modi as Prime minister once again,” Mr Shah said addressing a rally at Davangere.
The BJP president he had travelled extensively across the country during the last four months and had only heard the slogans of ‘Modi, Modi’ and said the party had decided to strengthen the country by making Modi Prime Minister again.
“On the one side BJP and all parties of NDA are ready to face this election under the leadership of Narendra Modi. We have decided that once BJP gets majority Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister once again.
On the other side there is Rahul baba (Congress President Rahul Gandhi) and company. I ask them who their Prime Ministerial candidate is, they don’t answer me,” he said.
“…if their Mahamilavat alliance government is formed, Mayawati will become Prime Minister on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday, Wednesday-Deve Gowda, Thursday- Chandrababu Naidu, Friday- Sharad Pawar, Saturdey- Mamata didi and on Sunday the country will go on holiday,” he added.
Mr Shah was in Davangere to campaign for BJP candidate and former Union Minister GM Siddeshwara, pitted against HB Manjappa of Congress.
Noting that the biggest achievement of the PM Modi government was securing the county from terror attacks, Mr Shah referred to the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans and said the government had given a fitting reply through airstrikes and ‘decimated’ terror camps by entering Pakistani territory.
Hitting out at the opposition which said dialogue was the best way forward with Pakistan, he said “Congress says talk to Pakistan, Sam Pitroda (Chairman of overseas wing of Congress) says talk to them, don’t bomb them. I want to ask people of Davangere, do we have to talk to terrorists who killed 40 of our soldiers? Do we have to bomb them or speak to them?
Warning Pakistan of a strong response on any ‘misadventure,’ he said “Friends …BJP’s policy is clear if goli (bullet) comes from Pakistan side, gola (bombshell) will go from here, eet ka jawaab pattar se diya jayega…” he added.
Taking a jibe at former former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his statement on separate Prime Minister for the state, Mr Shah asked “Can there be two Prime Ministers in a country?”
“I want to tell you one thing, let Rahul baba believe whatever he wants, let his partner Omar Abdullah believe whatever he wants, until there is life in the last BJP karyakartas body, no one can separate Kashmir from Hindustan. Kashmir is ours. This is BJPs strong decision.”
Taking a dig at Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, Mr Shah alleged that Congress was indulging in corruption through remote control by making someone from JD(S), which won the least number of seats in the assembly polls last year, the Chief Minister.
“During the assembly election JD(S) got least number of seats, while BJP got a majority. But look at the feat of the Mahamilavat people, the party that got the least number of seats, Congress made that leader the Chief Minister and is indulging in corruption through remote control.”
Recalling that Karnataka Chief Minister had said that people of the state did not make him the Chief Minister, but Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi who made him occupy the top post, Mr Shah said, he (Kumaraswamy) should be ashamed for lowering the dignity of his office.
Highlighting the differences and disgruntlement within the ruling coalition, he said they cannot do good for Karnataka.
“For Congress Karnataka’s development is not important, for Congress Karnataka is the ATM of corruption from where they keep getting funds,” he added.
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