Fight between casteist, dynastic politics and development: Amit Shah

Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 19:06 IST | Agencies | Bhavnagar

BJP president also takes a jibe at Rahul Gandhi, says the Congress vice president feels the state is a 'tourist spot' and comes there often

BJP president Amit Shah yesterday said the upcoming Gujarat Assembly poll was a fight between Congress' caste and dynastic politics, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development agenda even as he took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi. Shah said Gandhi's visits to Gujarat have increased as the Congress vice president thinks the state is a "tourist spot". Addressing a rally here, Shah also raked up Congress leaders' statements on autonomy for Kashmir and on the Rohingya refugee issue, daring the opposition party and Gandhi to make clear their stand.

This time the Congress has tried to outsource its campaign and is just indulging in casteist politics to win the Gujarat polls, Amit Shah said. PIC/PTI
This time the Congress has tried to outsource its campaign and is just indulging in casteist politics to win the Gujarat polls, Amit Shah said. Pic/PTI

"The Gujarat election 2017 is not just a fight between two parties or a fight for who will become the chief minister, but it is to decide if 'jaativad' (casteism) and 'vanshvad' (dynastic rule) will win or Narendra Modi's 'vikasvad' (development politics) will triumph," Shah said. "The people of Gujarat have to decide...will they choose Congress which had tried to create a caste divide between 1985 and 1995 by putting KHAM theory into practice, or choose the development and stability provided by the BJP government from 1995 to 2017," Shah said. KHAM denoted a vote bank of four communities, namely, Kshatriyas, Harijans, Adivasis and Muslims.

Gunwant Rathore, a BSP candidate, in protest of demonetisation, gave the deposit of Rs.5,000 for his candidature, in coins of R 1,2,5 and 10.
Gunwant Rathore, a BSP candidate, in protest of demonetisation, gave the deposit of Rs.5,000 for his candidature, in coins of Rs. 1,2,5 and 10.

"This time the Congress has tried to outsource its campaign and is just indulging in casteist politics to win the Gujarat polls," Shah alleged, in an apparent reference to the party's attempts to win over Patidars and other communities. The people will have to decide if they want "casteism, dynastic rule, minority appeasement (of Congress), or the developmental politics and stability offered by BJP", he said.

 The BJPs Sangeeta Patil arrived to file her candidature dressed as the Rani of Jhansi, on horseback. She claimed to have had riding lessons just for this. She also said she would love to be recognised as the BJPs raniThe BJP's Sangeeta Patil arrived to file her candidature dressed as the Rani of Jhansi, on horseback. She claimed to have had riding lessons just for this. She also said she would love to be recognised as the 'BJP's rani

Modi has "started the process of ridding India of the politics of casteism, dynasty and minority appeasement, he said. "Rahul Gandhi thinks this is a tourist spot. He is coming here quite often....he should come here and give an account of what the Sonia-Manmohan government, which ruled in Delhi for 10 years, did for Gujarat," Shah said.

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