Mayawati denounces Amit Shah's remarks against opposition parties

Amit Shah

The BJP president constantly targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, dismissing the BJP's recent loss in the Uttar Pradesh bypolls and highlighting the Congress's debilitation, and how the BJP has snatched power from the latter in 11 states.

Amit Shah issued the clarification over controversial remark saying, "What I intended was that the parties with opposing political ideologies which could never come together have united..."

Amit Shah's comment, at a rally in Mumbai on BJP's Foundation Day, was a dig at the parties that are making efforts to form a coalition to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "Whenever there is a massive flood, all snakes, mongooses, cats, dogs, cheetahs, lions etc climb up a huge tree, they fear the rising water levels", he said.

Replying to a question about relations with its ally Shiv Sena, Shah said, Sena is an ally of the BJP in Centre and in Maharashtra. "But we should not blame the Railways as special trains are run for a specific goal and they are operated in a certain manner so that the schedules of regular trains are not hit or compromised", said Gupta, a former member of the National Railway Users Consultative Committee.

Shah said that the government will not scrap the reservation policy, nor will it allow anyone to do so.

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The party also said that Congress leaders never made such remarks against the BJP, when they were in opposition and Congress was in power. "There is one idol I have to mention here even though he is not from our party. If you workers reach out to people then no one can defame us", said Fadnavis.

Shah said, "The countdown for 2019 (polls) has begun".

"We are in politics for betterment of people".

Mumbai-based political analyst Surendra Jondhale said Shah's speech seemed to be more of an attempt to set things in his own house in order and try to boost the morale of party workers than send a message to the opposition. BJP has lost most number of workers in this country. "So when the Uri terror attack (2016) happened, Modi avenged it withing matter of days by sending soldiers across Pakistan for surgical strikes", said Shah.

The BJP Yuva Morcha carried out a 3-kilometre long bike rally to welcome the BJP President. All booth workers from the state, office bearers from the BJP cells for minorities, SC, ST, Other Backward Classes, women and farmers will also attend the rally. Several residents in Mumbai complained about the traffic snarls in the city, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

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