Ensure complete victory for NDA in Karnataka, appeals Amit Shah to voters

Shah, at a BJP workers’ convention in Bengaluru, appealed to the people to ensure the victory of the BJP-JDS alliance.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Apr 02, 2024 | 10:02 PMUpdatedApr 02, 2024 | 10:03 PM

Amit Shah

Addressing a BJP workers’ convention in Bengaluru on Tuesday, 2 April, Union Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to the people of Karnataka to give over 60 percent of votes and ensure the victory of the BJP-JD(S) alliance in all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“In the coming elections, on one side there is BJP-led NDA under the headship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and on the other side the dynastic and corrupt INDI alliance,” Shah said.

“I have travelled around 60 percent of this country. Whether it is the youth, farmers, women, the poor, or villagers — everybody is chanting Modi’s name. Modi has given a target of 400 seats before the party workers,” he added.

Express gratitude to voters in Karnataka, Shah pointed out: “In 2014, you gave us 43 percent votes, where we won 17 seats. We again came back in 2019, you had given 51 percent votes and 25 seats.”

He added: “I appeal to the voters of Karnataka and party workers that instead of 51 percent, ensure over 60 percent votes and victory in 28 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats for the BJP-led alliance.”

Shah also said that BJP and JD(S) would not allow Congress to open its account in Karnataka.

Claiming that there were zero corruption allegations against Modi, Shah said: “He has been working as a chief minister and the prime minister for 32 years. In that time, spanning over three decades, the Opposition could not level even 50-paise corruption allegations against Modi.”

He added: “Modi worked with transparency for over three decades. He has set an example for this country.”

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A dig at INDIA bloc

Taking a dig at the INDIA bloc, Shah said: “This is an alliance of corrupt people. Around ₹12 lakh crore worth of scams were reported during the Congress regime. This happened during the Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi government.”

He added: “I am aware that the people of Karnataka do not like the corrupt. Congress, which indulged in corruption of ₹12 lakh crore, will now have to contend with Modi.”

He also said: “Whenever Congress comes to power, not only is it corrupt but it is also least concerned about the welfare of the people.”

Shah continued: “I have worked for four decades with Modi. In his over 32 years at the helm in the state and Centre, he is the only person in the world who has not taken a single day’s leave from office.”

He went on: “On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi flies abroad as soon as the mercury levels soar. His party searches for him once every six months. There is no comparison between them. The entire nation is united and stands with Modi.”

Criticising Congress leaders for not turning up at the Ram Mandir consecration ceremony, Shah said: “The invitation was extended to everyone including Sonia Gandhi (former AICC chief), Mallikarjun Kharge (AICC chief), and Rahul Gandhi (former AICC chief), but none of them went. It is because they feared that their vote bank would be affected. Let them keep fearing, but we are not used to fear. Now, Ram is sitting inside the temple and everyone is happy about it.”

He also claimed that the Modi government ended terrorism and Naxalism (in India).

In contrast, the then-UPA government chief Manmohan Singh did not utter a word whenever there were terror attacks, said Shah.