Amit Shah hits out at Congress, Hooda as he launches BJP campaign in Haryana

Mahendragarh (Haryana), Aug14: The BJP today hit out at Congress for seeking explanations on the progress made by the two month-old Narendra Modi government saying it should first give an account of its 60 years of “misrule”. Launching the election campaign for the assembly polls, slated later this year in the state, BJP President Amit Shah attacked Bhupinder Singh Hooda government and the main opposition INLD over alleged scams, and appealed to people to give a clear mandate to his party in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The BJP president lashed out at the 10 years of “misrule” of Hooda government for pushing the state backward saying his main worry was not the welfare of his people, but how to keep his political masters in Delhi ‘happy’. ”The Congress is asking an account of 60-75 days of Modi government but they should first give an account of what they did for the past 60 years when they were in power,” Shah said, while addressing his maiden rally here after taking over as the party chief. He said that last government had left a deep hole and it would take time to recover.

“But this does not mean it will take a very long time. Whatever we have said in our manifesto, we will fulfill all those assurances and will go before the people in 2019 with those fulfilled promises and win,” he said while flagging off the ‘Vijay Sankalp Yatra’ from here, which marked the launch of the party’s election campaign for the Haryana Assembly polls. Seeking a clear mandate for the BJP, he also sounded a warning for its ally the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) not to remain adamant on contesting on 45 seats after its drubbing in the LS polls, saying the party has to keep in mind the people’s aspirations after the changed scenario post the Lok Sabha polls.

He said though BJP was committed to alliance with HJC, but at the same time made it clear that his party was prepared to fight on all the 90 assembly seats if the junior partner remains adamant on old terms and conditions. ”Today’s rally is a proof that Congress government’s daysare numbered. BJP will form government with absolute majority in Haryana,” he said. ”We respect the alliance Dharma but even they (HJM) should understand sentiment of the people or we will go alone. The arrangement (seat sharing) will be based on the Lok Sabha performance.

“Who will get what is not important. It is the sentiment of the people of Haryana which is important. BJP is ready to go alone and has the confidence of securing a majority,” Shah said. The BJP had won seven of the eight seats on which it contested in Haryana in the Lok Sabha elections. ”In the LS polls, Haryana laid foundation for a change in this country. After BJP declared Modiji as Prime Ministerial candidate, he held his first rally in Haryana in Rewari (in September) and then ran his campaign in other parts of the country,” Shah said.

Shah, who reached the rally venue at Anaj Mandi here nearly three hours behind schedule, tried to strike an emotional chord, saying “I had left Delhi on time, but there were huge jam in Mahendergarh. There were long queues outside the venue. If we go by the crowd, this is trailor of what’s going to happen in the upcoming polls. This shows the mood of the people of Haryana.” The BJP President also alleged that Congress compromised over farmer’s issues at the WTO and the Hooda government ignored the farmers and agri growth rate was lagging.

“Congress who claims to be working for welfare of farmers compromised on their issues at the WTO but the Narendra Modi government did not support the agreement. The BJP government wants farmers to get good price for their produce and stood by them,” he said. ”The land prices have gone up in Haryana, but it has notbenefited the farmers, you all know who have been benefited. Those who have benefited are those who made Hooda the Chief Minister (in 2005). But Hooda does seems to be unaware that it is the people who make one rule and show one the door,” he said in a veiled attack on Robert Vadra.

Alleging that land scams were rampant in Haryana, and law and order situation was bad in Haryana and atrocities against dalits and downtrodden have increased, Shah appealed to people to shun caste-based and local politics and give the saffron party a chance to form a majority government.