On the completion of three years of the Narendra Modi government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Friday said that the party would notch up a bigger victory in the next Lok Sabha polls than the 2014 elections and India would emerge as a “great nation” in various fields under PM Modi.
The BJP's tally of 282 seats in 2014 was unprecedented and Shah expressed confidence that the party would surpass it in 2019 on the back of better performances in states like West Bengal, Kerala, Telangana and Odisha where it had won fewer seats in the last polls.
Shah lauded the NDA government for achieving in three years what India couldn’t in 70 years after Independence. Highlighting the government’s achievements, Shah said, “In three years, PM Modi changed the way India thinks, changed politics by plucking nepotism, appeasement out. Our slogan for NDA at three is ‘sath hai vishwas hai ho raha vikas hai’, not even opposition can call us corrupt”.
He also recalled the successful “surgical strikes” conducted by the Indian Army across the Line of Control in September last year on several terror launch pads, in retaliation to the militant attack on security forces in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
“Indian Army displayed their valour by surgical strikes, and PM Modi showed political will,” he said.
In light of the recent violence and gangrape in Saharanpur and Jewar respectively, Shah said, “Yogi Government has tackled everything promptly, whether it was Jewar, Mathura, Saharanpur incidents. They have taken strong steps.”
Taking a shot at the Congress for demanding a white paper on employment, Shah said had they brought out white paper on employment in 10 years, maybe they would not have lost government. He added that it’s not possible to give jobs to every person in a country of 125 crore and that the process of compiling the data on jobs was not full-proof.
“It’s not possible to provide employment to everyone in the organised sector in a country of 125 crore people. We have, therefore, promoted swarojgar (self-employment),” Shah said at a press conference at the BJP headquarters to list the government’s achievements in the past three years.
On political front, he said, “We have succeeded in bringing multifold change in the national politics. The UP elections have underlined it. We have virtually finished casteism, family rule and appeasement,” he said.