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BJP has removed dynastic politics from India: Amit Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

president said today that his party has removed dynastic politics from and introduced the politics of performance. "We do not believe in the politics of appeasement which is votebank politics. We have removed dynastic politics from We believe in the politics of performance," he said during an interaction with intellectuals on the second day of his three-day visit to this city. His remarks came on a day vice president said that dynasties were commonplace in India, from politics to business, and asserted that a person's capabilities were more important than pedigree. The attacked Gandhi calling him as a "failed dynast" and a failed politician. Shah said the has in the last three years shown the political will to take decisions unlike the previous Congress-led which had suffered from policy paralysis. For the first time since Independence, has a which is not only for urban but also for rural India, he said. The has taken several 'historic steps' -- from opening bank accounts to providing LPG connection for poor families and construction of 4.5 crore toiletshe said. It has also taken decisions like demonetisation, introduction of the GST and the surgical strikes, he said. The biggest achievement of the Modi government, however, is that it changed the scale of India's thinking and even its biggest critic cannot level any corruption charge against it, Shah said. The has the political will to take strong decisions for the benefit of the people in the country, he said, noting it is easy to pursue populist policies but tough to take strong decisions. Highlighting the achievements of the in terms of economic growth, Shah said, "In the last three years, has emerged as the fastest growing economy in the world and this was not an easy task.

We have controlled price rise in the country." Claiming that the is the biggest political party in the world, the party chief said that its has taken tough decisions for other political parties as well. Earlier, a political party could receive cash donation up to Rs 20,000 but now it has been brought down to Rs 2,000 only, he said. Shah said the has also taken strong steps to unearth black money. Earlier, talking to reporters, Shah accused the ruling Trinamool in West Bengal of unleashing violence against workers in the state and urged human rights organisations to speak against it. The leader said no violence can stop the growth of his party in Bengal, he said. "Today, I met the family members of the victims of political violence in West Bengal in the last six months... All these happened because they did not support the ideology of the Trinamool "I want to ask the people here -- is this Rabindranath Tagore's Bengal? Is this Swami Vivekananda's Bengal? No one has the freedom to be a part of any political party other than the TMC," he said. This kind of violence was perhaps not seen anywhere else, Shah said. Several people have been killed, many injured and their property destroyed, he alleged targeting the state led by Mamata Banerjee. The chief said development cannot take place in the state under such circumstances and urged human rights organisations to report political violence against workers in the state. The victims of the alleged violence from various parts of the state today met Shah at the ICCR auditorium. Sentu Mondal and Hemen Mondal from Malda district who were allegedly attacked by TMC activists last year during Durga Puja met Shah. "I have told Amit Shahji how my husband was killed by TMC goons just for believing in the ideology of the and RSS," Prova Mondal, the widow of another victim, alleged.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 21:42 IST