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Rahul kept mum when PM called 'neech': Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Maharajganj/Ballia (UP) 

Thursday accused of remaining silent after his hurled abuses at

Addressing a rally in Maharajganj, he termed Aiyar "guru ghantal" (shrewd).

"used abusive words against PM Modi but Rahul baba remained silent," Shah said.

Aiyar had stirred a controversy recently through an article in a newspaper, reminding readers of his "neech aadmi" comment made against Modi in 2017. He was suspended from the party for his statement.

"Can anyone tolerate abusive words against the prime minister," Shah asked voters.

Referring to the Balakot airstrike, the claimed that while there was excitement in the country and people were distributing sweets, there was "mourning" at the offices of and

"The glow on their faces had vanished as if their own had died," he alleged.

Referring to Zakir Naik, Shah said the controversial Islamic believed that if the or the Mayawati-alliance came to power he would not be caught.

Zakir Naik, now abroad, has been accused of delivering besides money laundering.

"Due to his influence, hundreds of people were killed in terror attacks in This person is promoting terrorism and inciting people. When someone asked him when would you go to India, he replied, when the comes to power," Shah claimed.

"I want to tell him that the BJP is going to form the next government and If you dared to enter the country, you would be brought to book," Shah said.

Shah also claimed that during the 55 years when the Gandhi family called the shots, no initiative was introduced for free medical treatment.

"Our Ayushman Bharat scheme has benefitted around 26 lakh people. Our government tried to improve the living standards of 50 crore people of the country," the said.

He said the support for the BJP was coming from the hearts of the people.

"I have visited many states. Wherever I went, I only heard Modi-Modi. This is not an election slogan. It is coming from the hearts of the people," he said.

The voting in Maharajganj will take place on May 19. The Congress has fielded former against BJP's

Later addressing a rally in Ballia, Shah said when soldiers were brutally killed by in the previous government, which was supported by the SP and the BSP, they did nothing and kept mum.

"Our government will not compromise with the security of the country. Omar Abdullah, a friend of Rahul Gandhi, and Mayawati, is talking of a separate for He wants the state's separation from India," Shah said.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 19:01 IST