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Create BJP wave in Chhattisgarh for tsunami in 2019: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Bilaspur (C'garh) 

Friday asked the party workers to create an environment for a "massive wave" in the favour of the saffron party in next month's Assembly polls so that it turned into a "tsunami" in the 2019 election.

He said the government would identify the "infiltrators" and throw them out of the country after the (BJP) retained power in next year's

Shah told the party workers that a thumping victory for the in would avenge the "sacrifices" of their fellow workers in other states.

He was referring to the killings of party leaders and workers in Kerala, West and other non-BJP-ruled states.

Addressing the booth-level workers in Bilaspur town, Shah also hit out at the Congress, accusing it of engaging in the of appeasement for votes and doing nothing against "infiltrators" who were like "termites".

"The BJP is in power in 19 states, covering about 70 per cent area of the country. After being in power for three consecutive terms, we are in the battleground to form government for the fourth time in Chhattisgarh," he said.

Shah asked the BJP workers to set their eyes on winning over 65 of the 90 Assembly seats in (the saffron party's tally was 49 in 2013), which will go to the polls in two phases -- on November 12 and 20.

"I want to ask, are you going to be satisfied with a victory margin of two-three seats? This time we should win more than 65 seats.

"Party workers all over the country have their eyes on Chhattisgarh," he said, adding that a "significant" victory in the state would ensure the party's win in the non-BJP-ruled states.

"My workers in are keeping an eye on Chhattisgarh. If you win this election with a thin majority, the workers all over the country will be disappointed," the BJP chief said.

"Our workers are being killed in Bengal, Kerala, Chhattisgarh's victory will form a base for forming governments in Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana.

"Create a massive wave in the state, which will turn into a tsunami in 2019 in the country to ensure victory for (Narendra) Modiji," he said.

Shah said the Chhattisgarh poll results will have a bearing on national next year.

"(A BJP) victory in Chhattisgarh will lay the foundation for a grand win in 2019. Chhattisgarh's thumping victory will be a revenge of the sacrifices of the party workers in Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala," he added.

Shah accused the of practising the of appeasement for votes and hit out at its president,

"Every time the came to power in the country, it practised the politics of appeasement for its at the cost of the country's security.

"I want to ask you, should infiltrators be ousted from the country or not? Illegal infiltrators in crores have entered the country and are eating it like termites. The party did nothing against the infiltrators," he said.

"After the BJP came to power in Assam, the NRC (National Register of Citizens) exercise was launched and prima facie, 40 lakh infiltrators were identified.

"As soon as they were identified, and company, the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), (TMC), -- all of them started raising a hue and cry as if they had lost someone close," he said.

"Rahul Baba, you keep on backing them (infiltrators). Let the SP and BSP also take their sides. Nothing will happen.

"After 2019, the Modi-led BJP government will identify the infiltrators in every corner of the country and drag them out," Shah added.

He said the country's safety and security as well as making it free from Naxalism, terrorism and infiltrators were among the top priorities of the saffron party.

A BJP victory in Chhattisgarh will reflect the support for the NRC and the country's security, and the opposition to infiltrators and Naxalism, Shah added.

The BJP is in power in Chhattisgarh for 15 years under the leadership of

In the 2013 Assembly polls, the saffron party had won 49 seats in the state, the Congress 39, the BSP one and an one.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 22:00 IST