Amethi: BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for questioning what his party had done during its rule, saying it has “given a prime minister who speaks”.
Mr Shah also slammed Mr Rahul for mocking the development in Gujarat by asking the Congress leader what three generations of his family had done for Amethi.
“He is mocking at the development in Gujarat. I want to ask ‘Shahzade’ of Congress as to what your three generations have given to Amethi,” the BJP president said at a public meeting here.
“You sought account of our past three years but people of Amethi are taking account of works done here by your past three generations,” he said.
On Rahul Gandhi’s repeated poser as to what the BJP had done, Shah said, “We have given a prime minister who speaks.” Mr Shah also asked Mr Gandhi to focus on Amethi instead of Gujarat.
“There are two models of development, the Nehru-Gandhi model and the Modi model. Rahul Gandhi is visiting Gujarat at this moment, there we have the Modi model, which has provided constant electricity supply for all households, there's water and all facilities in all households. The Gandhi family did nothing for three decades. Gujarat's people know the development it has seen; please look at your constituency Rahul Baba. I want to ask Rahul Gandhi that why Amethi does not have a Collector’s Office and an office of All India Radio”, he said.
Smriti says ‘Lotus will bloom’ in Amethi in 2019Mr Shah said that he had come to Amethi on the invitation of union minister Smriti Irani.
“It is rare to find someone who continues to work for a constituency even after losing elections. It is in Amethi that I have seen that the candidate who has won never comes here while the one who lost keeps coming here to work for the people,” he added.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath assured that with the BJP in power at the centre and in the state, Amethi’s problems would be solved.
Addressing the rally, Ms Smriti Irani said that when she came to contest elections in Amethi, she had barely a fortnight to campaign. “I had promised then that irrespective of the result, I would continue to work for the development of Amethi. Today, people believe me and call me didi with affection,” she said.
She said Mr Gandhi would lose elections and the lotus will finally bloom in Amethi in 2019.
The BJP leaders later distributed certificates to beneficiaries of various welfare schemes.