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BJP president Amit Shah equates opposition parties to snakes, dogs

Amit Shah also asserted that the Modi government will not scrap the reservation policy nor allow anyone else to do so

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Amit Shah
BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah during the budget session of Parliament in New Delhi | PTI Photo

In a stinging attack on political rivals, (BJP) Shah on Friday equated the parties trying to join hands against the to 'snakes, 'mongoose, 'dogs' and 'cats'.

Later, he said his intention was not to equate to animals.

Addressing a rally here, he also asserted that the will not scrap the reservation policy nor allow anyone else to do so.

"The countdown for 2019 (polls) has begun. Attempts are being made for opposition unity.

"When huge floods occur, everything is washed away... Only a 'vatvriksha' (banyan tree) survives and snakes climb onto it, climb on it, cats climb onto it, dogs climb onto it, cheetah climb onto it and lions climb onto it because of the rising waters.

"The flood caused by Modi has made all cats, dogs, snakes and to come together to contest polls," Shah said.

He was apparently referring to the efforts being made by various parties like the TRS, the Trinamool and the TDP to sew up a coalition to take on the Modi-led in the next

Later, addressing a press conference, Shah said, "What I meant was political parties having no ideological similarities are coming together out of fear of Modi."

He was responding to questions over his remarks.

"Snake and have nothing in common. Let me take names: and BSP, Trinamool and Congress, Chandrababu Naidu and Congress, they have nothing in common and no ideological similarities, but are coming together," the said.

Earlier, in his address at the rally on the occasion of the BJP's 38th Foundation Day, Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will win the 2019 polls, "not by giving hollow assurances but on the basis of work done by the "

He also accused the Opposition of not allowing the Budget session of Parliament to function. The session concluded today.

During his speech, he asserted that the BJP government would not scrap the reservation policy, nor allow anyone to do so.

He singled out for his stinging attack.

"Rahul baba and some others are saying that we are demolishing reservation for SCs and STs. We are in no way demolishing the reservation (policy)," Shah said.

He went on to add, "Rahul and (Sharad) Pawar, listen. BJP will never end the reservation policy. And even if you want to end the reservation, BJP will never allow it."

The BJP president's remarks came in the backdrop of the recent controversy and agitation after a ruling regarding the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which is seen by many as dilution of the law.

Slamming the Congress president, he said, "When we lost two Lok Sabha seats (in UP) recently, Rahul baba distributed sweets. We only lost the polls, while his party forfeited the deposit. He (Rahul) is the first I have seen who distributed sweets after his party forfeited deposit in the polls."

The BJP said although his party lost the two Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, under Modi's leadership, "we snatched your (Congress') 11 governments".

He said at present, 70 per cent of the country's population was having BJP rule.

"I was listening to Rahul baba (Rahul Gandhi). He sits with Pawar sahab (Sharad Pawar) nowadays. Pawar sahab has given him some 'injection'," Shah said.

"Rahul baba says the should give an account of its four years in power. But people ask you (Rahul) the account of four generations of your party's dynastic rule," he said.

Shah said the Congress had all along ignored the demands of the farmers but the Modi government has decided to give one and a half times the production cost of rabi and kharif produce to farmers.

"Ever since Independence, nobody but Narendra Modi has done so," the BJP chief said.

On the Parliament session being washed out, Shah said, "We were ready to address all issues in the Parliament. It was the Opposition that disrupted the proceedings." Responding to the statement by of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad that the BJP was running away from discussing burning issues, Shah said he was ready for any debate on any issue, anywhere.

"You decide the venue, I am ready for a debate. We are not scared of discussing anything. We have nothing to hide," he said.

"We are in for betterment of people. The Modi government is on the same path," Shah said.

He said the BJP had grown manifold from a party of 2 MPs to 330 MPs, with full majority in Parliament.

"BJP is the party whose maximum workers have sacrificed for India's freedom," Shah said.

"When Atal ji (former Atal Bihari Vajpayee) founded the party in 36 years ago, he had predicted that the 'lotus' (BJP's symbol) will bloom," he said.

"Our party began with 10 members. Now it is the world's largest, with 11 crore members... Today, there is nothing else but 'lotus' in all corners of the country," Shah said.

Referring to the surgical strikes, the BJP chief said, "There was frustration in the country after the Uri attack. In 10 days, Modi decided to send our jawans into for a surgical strike. This event changed the way the world looks at

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First Published: Sat, April 07 2018. 00:24 IST