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Oppn treats illegal immigrants as vote bank: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Badaun/Shahjahanpur (UP) 

Shah Saturday accused the Opposition of treating illegal immigrants as a and doing 'Ilu' with terrorists, an apparent reference to a popular love song from the nineties.

He made the remarks while addressing 'Vijay Sankalp' (victory pledge) rallies in Badaun and Shahjahanpur districts of

"The wants to take the intruders out (of the country) but the BSP-SP and the do not want this as they consider them their vote bank," Shah said.

He also accused the of being soft on terrorists.

"Rahul baba's guru said do not bomb (Pakistan) but negotiate... if your party wants to do 'Ilu' with terrorists you can do that. But our intention is clear, if a shot is fired, we will reply with a bomb," the said.

In the song, 'Ilu' is an acronym for I love you.

Shah alleged that during the Congress's 10-year tenure, no action was taken even when terrorists took away heads of Indian soldiers.

"This time it was the government and not 'mauni baba' .. within 13 days of the attack, the went into Pakistan, bombed the terror camps and returned," he said, referring to the Pulwama attack.

He added that BJP workers in will ensure that it remains part of and "intruders" are thrown out of the country.

Training his guns at the opposition's 'mahagathbandhan', Shah said the country would have a new everyday of the week if the grand alliance comes to power.

"On one side is the BJP led by which is working for the country. On the other side is the 'mahagatbandhan' of Rahul Baba, 'behan' (sister) Mayawati, 'bhatija' (nephew) Akhilesh, and others... I ask who is your (opposition's) .. it is clear that Modi is our and he will be the PM, but who is your .. no one is telling but I will tell," he said.

"On Monday it will be Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday it will be Mayawati, on Wednesday it will be Chandrababu Naidu, on Thursday it will be Deve Gowda, on Friday... on Saturday it will be Mulayam Singh Yadav," he added.

The BJP claimed that the alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the and the Rashtriya Lok Dal did not have a policy and could not be trusted with the country's security.

"Can any government be run like this? Who will look after the security of the country? Can this 'gathbandhan' look after the security of the country?" Shah asked.

Only a government led by Modi can give a befitting reply to terrorism and Naxalism and not the SP-BSP alliance or the Congress, he said.

Shah also accused the opposition parties of not doing anything for the poor.

"Mayawati says that they will work for the poor but the BSP has given tickets to all the rich people and they will never do good for the poor," he said.

He added that Mayawati had gained power in the name of Dalits but she has never washed their feet like Modi did during the Kumbh Mela.

Shah said lawlessness prevailed in under the erstwhile BSP and SP governments and the situation changed only after the BJP came to power.

He claimed people across were chanting Modi's name and they had decided to make him the once again.

The BJP president exhorted the electorate of Badaun, from where the SP's Dharmendra Yadav had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, to join the development journey by voting for Maurya.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 19:35 IST
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