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We discarded monarchy, some continue with it: Shah on Gandhis

Press Trust of India  |  Godhra 

Targeting the Gandhi family, BJP chief Tuesday said had embraced democracy and discarded monarchy but "some people" continue to practice it.

Addressing BJP workers at Godhra town of Panchmahal district, also claimed that the prime minister's seat is reserved "by birth" in the Congress, wondering if a from that party could ever think of occupying the top post.

"In a monarchy, the son or daughter of a gets the throne. Even his could become a Though our country has adopted democracy and discarded monarchy, some people continued to practice it. They have made a mockery of democracy," said, without naming the Gandhi family.

In the BJP, party workers do not need to take birth in a particular family to occupy higher posts, the said, continuing his attack on the Gandhis.

"Can a ever think of becoming a prime minister? No. Because that seat is reserved by birth in that party," Shah said. In the BJP, a can become a chief minister or even a prime minister, he added.

In the BJP, a like him could rise to the rank of the and a 'chaiwala' (Narendra Modi) could became the prime minister, he said.

"I was a of the BJP. I rose to become the The chaiwala has become the of the country, rising through the ranks," he said.

Priyanka Gandhi was last month appointed AICC general secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East by Rahul Gandhi, ahead of the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Speaking at the BJP workers' 'Cluster Sammelan', Shah also said leaders and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra must clear their stand on the Ram temple issue.

"I want to make it clear that the BJP is committed to construct a grand Ram temple at the earliest and at the same place. However, Congress sends its men, like and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, to delay the hearing in the Supreme Court," the said.

"Our government under has also approached the court to remove the status quo and get back 42 acres of land in Ayodhya. We have already said that the temple must be built in Ayodhya. Now, Rahul baba and Priyanka should clear their stand and tell us if they agree to it or not," he said.

On the National Register of Citizens (NRC) row, Shah said the BJP was committed to make free of illegal immigrants, as they are a "threat" to the national security.

"There are over 40 lakh illegal migrants in alone. The NRC is a system to identify them. But, came in their support. Why? Are they your relatives? These illegal settlers are like termites. They pose a threat to the national security," Shah said.

"You should not worry about Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee or Akhilesh Yadav. Just ensure BJP's victory in all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Our government will send back each and every illegal migrant. It is BJP's dream to make an illegal migrant-free country," Shah said.

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

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 19:50 IST
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