BJP MPs protest against Congress for disrupting Budget session

Congress president Rahul Gandhi meets supporters during his Jan Sampark Yatra in Shimoga on Tuesday

Congress president Rahul Gandhi meets supporters during his Jan Sampark Yatra in Shimoga on Tuesday

Briefing reporters on the parliamentary party meeting, Union minister Ananth Kumar quoted the prime minister as saying that while the BJP's strength has been rising, the opposition, especially the Congress, has resorted to "divisive and negative" politics.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state BJP president Raosaheb Danve were also present as were Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar and Suresh Prabhu.

He said Shah may also address the "confusion" in the ordinary BJP worker's mind about the Narendra Modi government's position on Dalits in the context of recent protests over the Supreme Court's ruling on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Shah's speech, as well as the ongoing brainstorming within the BJP on simultaneous polls, gives an indication that the Maharashtra polls may be advanced from October 2019 to April-May 2019, to be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections.

But then, Amit Shah is known to start preparing for elections, whether at the Centre or states, much ahead of his rivals.

The BJP chief said though his party lost the two Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, under Modi's leadership, "we snatched your (Congress') 11 governments". However, the special trains were late by two to five hours as the Railways did not run them on priority, BJP workers alleged.

"The same cannot be said about anybody from the Sangh Parivar and it was because of the struggles and sacrifices that a tea-seller could become the Prime Minister". Attempts are being made for opposition unity.

The PM stated that the BJP was the party of a New India.

"The verdict in Odisha is going to be bigger than Tripura", said the BJP President while addressing a "Mahasamavesh" in Bolangir on Thursday.

The BJP is pulling out all the stops to make the party's Foundation Day rally in BKC on Friday a show of strength.

"Similarly, our PM has created fear within the opposition, which is now teaming up to fight the BJP in the election", said Shah.

"People have taken us to this level and now we have to live for them", he said.

When his attention was drawn to Modi's oft-repeated assertion that his party is working towards ushering in "Congress mukt Bharat", Shah clarified, "When we said Congress mukt Bharat, we did not mean that we wanted to eliminate the party from the country".

Mumbai: Congress' Maharashtra unit chief Ashok Chavan on Friday called the BJP's rally to mark its 38th Foundation Day as celebrations of a party that had failed on all fronts.

Amit Shah lashed out at Congress as it raised questions on Narendra Modi-led-Govt- over four and a half years of rule. "This event changed the way the world looks at India".

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