Modi Aide Amit Shah Slams Abdullahs

9 August 2014
Greater Kashmir


New Delhi: In a scathing attack, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah Saturday hit out at Kashmir's Abdullah family for 'ensuring that the money meant for the poor doesn't reach them.' Addressing the party's day-long National Council meeting here that ratified his appointment as BJP president, Shah- a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi- said the government in the 'very sensitive state' had crossed 'all limits of corruption' and people want a change there. In an apparent reference to Gandhis and Abdullahs, Shah said, 'The two families have ensured that money does not reach the poor. We have to highlight this.' The BJP conclave was attended by Prime Minister NarendraModi and senior leaders like L K Advani, M M Joshi and outgoing party chiefRajnath Singh. Shah's comments come months after the scion of Abdullah family and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah taunted Amit Shah while slamming the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party. 'In Kashmir, Mufti Sayeed and his daughter (Mehbooba) are to BJP and Modi what Amit Shah is to the party in Uttar Pradesh,' Omar had said in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. Asking cadres from across the country to focus on the assembly election in J&K that is due later this year, Amit Shah said, 'The state will see development only when BJP government is formed there.' In midst of some reports suggesting that Shah today also hit out at Muftis, a PDP leader in Jammu slammed him for claiming that the BJP would form the next government in J&K. 'It's just a dream of BJP. In Jammu and Kashmir, it will be the PDP which will be in power after the polls, and not the BJP. We will form our government,' Yashpal Sharma, the general secretary of the PDP, said. Meanwhile, Amit Shah stepped up attack on Congress saying that the party neither has an ideology nor cadre, and said BJP is a party for the poor. He underlined that the party would not be in government for long unless its reach is expanded and exhorted all the ministers to work for implementation of the party manifesto. Wanting the country to be 'Congress-free', he said Congress culture needs to be replaced by that of his party whose foremost priority is to win the upcoming assembly elections in four states with big majority. 'For long Congress 'vichar' (thought) has been pre-dominant in the country's politics. Now it is time to ensure that our 'vichar' (thought) has an imprint on nation's politics,' said Shah, the architect of saffron victory in crucial Uttar Pradesh with 73 out of 80 seats in the LokSabha polls. Shah also targeted leaders of other parties, including Nitish Kumar of JD (U) and Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party and said it was necessary that the party should capture power in these two states as well. In a pep talk to his party cadres, he said BJP should strive to form governments even in states like Andhra Pradesh for which the party cadres should expand the BJP's reach throughout the country. He complimented Team Modi for keeping the strong foundation and giving a solid roadmap in the last 75 days to lead the nation in the coming times.