‘Cong left no stone unturned in insulting Sardar Patel’

Times of India | 1 week ago | 23-11-2022 | 07:16 am

‘Cong left no stone unturned in insulting Sardar Patel’

AHMEDABAD VADODARA/ANAND: Union home minister Amit Shah claimed on Tuesday that Congress did everything possible to insult India’s Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and that it had started praising him only now because of the Gujarat assembly elections. He also reiterated that BJP has put an end to ‘curfew era’ which prevailed in the state during the Congress regime in Gujarat. Addressing a rally in Ahmedabad in the evening, Shah alleged that successive Congress governments dragged their feet over the Narmada dam project because Sardar Patel’s name was connected with it. “Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the project even before I was born. I am now 58 years old. After Nehru, there was Indira Gandhi, then Rajiv Gandhi and then Sonia Gandhi, but the project kept lingering because Sardar Patel’s name was connected to it,” he said. Earlier, addressing a rally in Khambat, Shah said: “From Jawaharlal Nehru to Sonia Gandhi, the entire Nehru-Gandhi family took the utmost care to see that Sardar Patel’s name is omitted, but Narendrabhai made such a statue that whether they (Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress) wish or don’t wish, the entire world visits Sardar saheb’s statue.” Taking further potshots at Congress, he said no photos of Congress members paying a visit to the Statue of Unity (SoU) can be seen. “Before 1990, communal riots and smuggling were rampant in the state. Curfew remained imposed for 250 out of 365 days of the year. After BJP came to power, there has been an era of peace, accompanied with rapid development in the state,” Shah said. He also accused Congress of opposing the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya and the law prohibiting triple talaq for vote bank politics. “But their time is now over and PM Modi’s time has started. Rahul Baba (Gandhi), book a ticket to Ayodhya because a grand temple is going to be inaugurated on January 1, 2024,” he said. Listing out projects like the Kashi Vishwanath corridor and Mahakaal corridor, along with makeover of temples like the Somnath temple, Ambaji temple and Pavagadh temple, Shah said, “Congress could have done these things, but they did not. They feared vote bank. But BJP does not fear any vote bank,” he said. He charged Congress and other parties with opposing the move to abrogate Article 370. “They said it will lead to rivers of bloodshed. Rahul Baba, today nobody dares throw a pebble in Kashmir and it stands like the crown of Ma Bharti,” he said amid a loud cheer from the audience. Gujarat polls: I'm peoples' servant, says PM Narendra Modi on 'aukaat' rantHe said militancy was rampant in Kashmir during the tenure of Manmohan Singh as PM, but with the surgical strike, PM Modi has controlled cross-border terrorism. “And then, Rahul Gandhi asked for proof of the surgical strike,” he said. Taking a dig at both Congress and AAP, Shah asked if these parties were capable of making India and Gujarat secure. “Can these parties make Gujarat secure? Only BJP is capable of this,” he said.

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The Indian Express | 2 days ago | 29-11-2022 | 11:35 am
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2 days ago | 29-11-2022 | 11:35 am

The BJP converted Ahmedabad — the city of Begum and Badshah — to Karnavati, while successive Congress governments made Gujarat unsafe through communal riots and smuggling of arms for terrorist activities through porous borders, said Union Minister Amit Shah at Naranpura in Ahmedabad Monday.“BJP sealed the borders, sent smugglers to jail and forced them to leave Gujarat; thus, saving the entire western India from terrorism. Congress governments made Gujarat unsafe through communal riots and smuggling for arms for terrorist activities through porous borders,” Shah said. He also alleged that the Congress tried to delay the Sardar Sarovar project since the dam was named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.While speaking about how the BJP has enforced law and order in the state, he referred to how Jagannath Rath Yatra had to be stopped due to communal riots in Ahmedabad. He also said not a single police station in Gujarat had to impose a single day of curfew in the past 20 years.Talking about the Sabarmati Riverfront, Shah said the Congress had agitated saying that the land acquired on the banks of Sabarmati will be given away to industrialists. “Today, the riverfront has become the centre of activity in the city,” he reminded.Shah also highlighted the party’s efforts to ensure that Ahmedabad could host the Olympic Games in 2036.Earlier in the day, as he addressed an election campaign for BJP candidate Ketan Inamdar at Savli Assembly seat in Vadodara, Shah blamed the Congress for delaying the Sardar Sarovar project since the dam was named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.“(Pandit Jawaharlal) Nehru had laid the foundation stone of the dam in 1961, even before I was born, but it was Morarji Desai’s ‘mistake’ that he named it after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The moment the dam became Sardar Sarovar, the Congress stepped back and did not want to complete the project… They couldn’t make do with the name,” alleged Shah.Referring to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as “mauni Baba”, Shah also blamed the Congress’s “vote bank politics” for the continuous attacks on Indian soldiers by Pakistan.Shah attributed the completion of the project to Modi’s grit during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat due to which the Central Government was forced to clear the construction of the dam.“The Congress leaders ask what benefit Savli has if the Narmada water reaches Saurashtra and Kutch… Will it not benefit Savli when those areas prosper because of Narmada water and bring along overall growth? But how does one explain this to the Congress because the distance between Congress and wisdom is 300 miles,” he charged.Yet again reminding the “lesson taught” to rioters during the 2002 riots of Gujarat, Shah said, “They (Congress) orchestrated the Hindu-Muslim riots and ensured that there was a curfew for 250 of the 365 days… Bombs used to be found from homes of their cabinet ministers and 200 people would get stabbed daily in Ahmedabad jail. In 2001, when Narendrabhai became the chief minister, no man had the courage to cast an evil eye on the rath yatra of Lord Jagannath… The Congress had backed rioters always and so in 2002, they (miscreants) made another attempt to create a riot. But they were taught such a lesson that they never lifted their heads again.”Due to “vote bank politics”, Shah alleged, for 10 years until 2014, the UPA government did nothing when “the Pakistanis would come and cut the heads of our soldiers”. “In 2014, Narendra Modi became the PM but Pakistan did not realise what difference it would make if the BJP was in power… When Pakistan attacked Pulwama and killed our soldiers, within 10 days, Narendrabhai gave orders to the Army and Airforce to teach them a lesson… He has sent across a message that no one should play around with the borders and soldiers of India or they will have to pay a price.”

BJP converted city of Begum, Badshah to Karnavati: Amit Shah
BJP taught 2002 rioters a lesson, established ‘eternal peace’ in Gujarat: Amit Shah
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 26-11-2022 | 03:35 am
The Indian Express
6 days ago | 26-11-2022 | 03:35 am

RAISING THE pitch in the countdown to the Assembly elections next month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Friday that “such a lesson was taught in 2002” to “those engaging in communal riots” in Gujarat that it led to “akhand shanti” (eternal peace) in the state under the BJP.In 2002, Gujarat witnessed large-scale violence in the communal riots that followed the burning of a Sabarmati Express coach, packed with Ayodhya kar sevaks, in Godhra.Addressing a rally in Mahudha in Kheda district — the Mahudha seat is currently held by the Congress — Shah said, “Aa 2002 ma, Congressiyao e aadat paadi hati, etle ramkhan thaya hata. Pan 2002 ma evo paath sikhvadiyo, ke kho bhuli gaya. 2002 thi 2022 sudi naam na le (In 2002, communal riots took place because the Congress people let it become a habit. But such a lesson was taught in 2002 that it was not repeated from 2002 to 2022).”“Gujarat ni andar qaumi hullado karva vaada ne, kadak haathe pagla bhari, Gujarat ni Bharatiya Janata Party ni sarkar ae, Gujarat ma akhand shanti ni stapna kari chhe, mitron” (Strict action has been taken by the BJP government against those engaging in communal riots in Gujarat and this has established eternal peace),” he said.Shah had made a passing reference to the 2002 riots in an election speech in Deesa in Banaskantha district on November 22. “In 2001, Narendra Modi came to power and after 2002, there was no need to put curfew anywhere. Everyone fell in place. Is there a mafia now? Is there a dada (gangster)?” he had told the gathering.On Friday, Shah referred to 2002 again while addressing public meetings at Jhalod in Dahod and Vagra in Bharuch.“During Congress rule (in Gujarat), didn’t communal riots happen? In 2002, during the reign of Narendra Modi (then chief minister of Gujarat) they tried to do the same. They were taught such a lesson that it is now 2022 and nobody raises a head. Those who used to organise communal riots have gone outside Gujarat. The BJP established peace in Gujarat and made it a region without curfew,” he told the gathering consisting largely of tribals in Jhalod.In Vagra, which has a significantly high Muslim population, Shah said, “This land has seen a lot of communal riots — curfew and stabbings. How will development happen in such circumstances? In 2002, these people last showed courage. Isn’t that so? Such a lesson was taught during that time. One by one, they were sorted and put in jail. It has been 22 years and not once was there a need to impose curfew.”“The lotus of BJP saved Gujarat from the fire of communal riots and took it on the path of development,” he said.Shah also addressed a public meeting in the Naroda constituency of Ahmedabad city late in the evening when he said that the opposition Congress has no right to talk about establishing peace in Gujarat.“Congress has ruled for years. And if there is anyone who has ravaged Gujarat through communal riots, it is Congress people…Nobody has the courage to do communal riots (now),” Shah said. He was campaigning for BJP candidate Payal Kukrani, who is the daughter of 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre convict, Manoj Kukrani, who was sentenced to life imprisonment and is currently out on bail.“In 2002, a mischief was done… the BJP government tightened the noose of law so sternly that it taught a lesson to those doing the riots,” he said.Targeting the Congress further, Shah claimed that the party neither abrogated Article 370 in J&K nor strengthened places of “our faith” out of “fear of its votebank”. “Congress people can be scared of its votebank, but not BJP people. Do you know what their vote bank is?” Shah repeated the question more than once, and as the audience replied in the affirmative, said, “Then, I am not spelling it out.”In Mahudha earlier, Shah took a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, too. “He (Rahul Gandhi) is not going to come to Mahudha. He knows the results, and so he is not showing his face in Gujarat,” he said.

BJP taught 2002 rioters a lesson, established ‘eternal peace’ in Gujarat: Amit Shah
Riots, curfew, in Cong’s genes, says UP CM
Times of India | 1 week ago | 23-11-2022 | 10:00 pm
Times of India
1 week ago | 23-11-2022 | 10:00 pm

RAPAR: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that riots, curfew, hooliganism and corruption are in the Congress party's "genes". Speaking at a campaign rally at Rapar in Gujarat's Kutch district for the BJP's candidates for the assembly elections, he also said that Congress could have never got a Ram temple constructed in Ayodhya. "Riots, curfew, hooliganism and corruption are the identity of the Congress. Wherever Congress goes, it carries these things as part of its inheritance. These are parts of its genes," Adityanath said. "Construction of the Ram temple is going on on war footing in Ayodhya. Could Congress get Ram Mandir constructed in Ayodhya? Never trust the Congress. Congress could never have constructed Ram Mandir. Sardar Patel worked to revive the Somnath temple but Congress had opposed it," he said. Gujarat has always provided leadership to the country during crises, Adityanath said. "Son of the soil Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in Gujarat, provided leadership to the country to gain freedom from the British. When the British wanted to divide India into pieces, Sardar (Vallabhbhai) Patel contributed to unite India. Congress may not have given respect to Sardar Patel, but under (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi's leadership, the BJP government has given Patel respect by erecting the tallest statue in the world at Kevadia," the BJP leader said. When the Congress' corruption and dynastic politics was hurting the country's politics, Gujarat provided Modi as prime minister, Adityanath further said. "Today, under Prime Minister Modi's leadership, India is achieving new heights of development. India is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence," he said, adding that India has also become the fifth biggest economy leaving behind Britain which once ruled over the country. India will host the next year's G20 summit under Modi's leadership, which symbolises the increasing respect it commands on the global stage, the UP CM said. Under Modi, the country's borders have become secure and terrorism and naxalism have ended, he said. "Gujarat witnessed riots, hooliganism of all kind in the past, and after Modi became chief minister, hooliganism, riots and curfew ended and Gujarat is presenting a new model of development," he said.

Riots, curfew, in Cong’s genes, says UP CM
Shah says Gujarat is a role model in implementing welfare schemes while inaugurating Anupam schools
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | 05-09-2022 | 03:35 am
The Indian Express
2 months ago | 05-09-2022 | 03:35 am

Gujarat has become a model of development in the country due to smooth implementation of various schemes for public welfare and assistance in almost every sector, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Gandhinagar Sunday.“Before the BJP rule in the state, the drop-out ratio in primary education was 37 per cent. This has come down to less than 3 per cent during the BJP rule. Earlier, only 67 out of every 100 children were enrolled in schools, that is, only 40 per cent of children were getting primary education. Today, this has reached 100 per cent and nearly zero per cent drop-out rate,” Shah said addressing the public at the inauguration of four smart schools by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).As part of the “untiring efforts of the then Chief Minister and current Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi and innovative approaches in the field of primary education” such as shala praveshotsav, kanya kelavani, gunotsav and teachers training, Gujarat is an example in the country today in the education sector. This is the beginning of a new chapter in primary education in Gujarat, he added.Shah’s statements came amid Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hitting out at the Gujarat government and the BJP for the alleged poor state of education in the state.In a veiled reference to Kejriwal’s recent rallies in Gujarat, the Union Minister said there were two types of people with the assembly elections around the corner—one, who work hard and sweat for five years and through jan seva and their public work, contest elections through political parties, and the second, those who get new kurta-pyajama stitched and come out in public with promises five months ahead of elections. “Gujarat people know the karya sanskriti well,” he added.Lashing out at the Congress, Shah said, “As elections approach, the Congress will come out and talk about caste and religion and new promises. It is their habit. At the same time, I also know that Gujarat knows everyone—Congress, BJP and importantly, Narendra Modi. Under Modi’s guidance, the 20 years of development will continue for another five years.”There was no law and order in the state during the Congress rule and that changed after Modi became the chief minister, he said.He added that after the BJP government came to power, curfew has become a thing of the past. “When children are asked about curfew in exams, they don’t know the answer as they have not experienced curfew in the last 20 years,” he said.He emphasised that villages of Gujarat now have round-the-clock electricity, unlike 20 years ago. “Gujarat people keep a hisab kitab of what has been done in 20 years. I would like to tell the youth that they have not seen the Congress rule. Don’t do any such thing that turns out to be a mistake and lose your peace. Ask your elders how Gujarat was earlier and how the BJP has turned it (around),” the minister said.Shah, along with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, virtually inaugurated four Anupam (smart) schools—Gandhinagar School Number 2 Nava Vadaj, Naranpura Gujarati School Number 6, Ghatlodia School number 2 and Thaltej School number 2—prepared at a total cost of Rs 9.54 crore by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation School Board at an event in Nava Vadaj.Around 3,200 children from poor and middle-class families of the city will benefit from the 20 Anupam schools constructed of which four were launched Sunday. Currently, AMC school board has a total of 459 schools with an enrollment of 1.7 lakh.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTaking forward the slogan of at least one smart school in each ward, AMC School Board has plans to start 63 more Anupam schools by November, Chairman Sujoy Mehta told this newspaper. “As per the plan, nearly 1.5 lakh children will benefit from the smart schools in the coming days who would get education using technology and latest devices that are used in a private school,” he said.The government aims to provide quality basic education to the poor and middle class children of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar through its 83 smart schools. The first smart school came up at Kankaria Municipal School Number 5 and 6 in 2019.

Shah says Gujarat is a role model in implementing welfare schemes while inaugurating Anupam schools