Munger/Begusarai/Ujiyarpur (Bihar): BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday tore into the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and its allies accusing them of being soft on “terror” and of tacitly approving Kashmir’s secession from India.
Shah also lambasted the Congress for coming up with promises of scrapping the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and abolition of sedition law in its poll manifesto and declared that such moves would be stoutly opposed by the BJP even if it was no longer in power.
The BJP chief was on a whirlwind election tour of Bihar where he spoke at three back-to-back rallies at Munger, Begusarai and Ujiyarpur in as many Lok Sabha constituencies.
When elections were being held in Jammu and Kashmir, leaders of the National Conference which is a Congress ally came out with the demand that the post of Prime Minister be restored in that state.
“For the past fortnight, I have been challenging the Congress to come clean on the issue. But Gandhi is silent and so is his allies like Lalu and Rabri Devi (RJD leaders, allies of the Congress in Bihar)”, Shah said at his rally in Ujiyarpur.
“Can any country have more than one Prime Minister? The Congress and its allies want Kashmir to secede from India. It is for the voters to decide whether it is acceptable,” Shah alleged referring to former J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullahs controversial statement favouring restoration of the office of Wazir-e-Azam.
“With the surgical strikes after Uri terror attack and the air strikes after Pulwama, India found itself on par with the US and Israel which are known to act tough against terrorism. But the leaders of the Congress made faces as if a tragedy had befallen on them. Their facial expressions resembled those of the Pakistanis. Were terrorists blown to smithereens by our armed forces cousins of these opposition leaders,” Shah asked.
“Let Rahul Gandhi hear and let Lalu hear inside his prison cell, you are free to do Ilu Ilu (a famous Bollywood song of the 1990s that abbreviated the expression I love you) with terrorists. But at present Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister and he is going to assume power again. Even when the BJP was no longer in power, every worker of the party will oppose your designs against AFSPA and sedition law,” he said.
“Rahul Gandhi will not be able to do as he pleases in his lifetime. We will ensure that after him if another Gandhi rises to power, he too does not play with national interests,” Shah said evoking frenzied reactions from the crowds.