Opposition agenda is ‘Modi Hatao’: BJP chief Amit Shah

IN REMARKS reminiscent of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s battle cry ahead of the 1971 polls, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday that while the Narendra Modi-led BJP government was trying to make the country free of “anarchy, corruption and poverty”, other parties were indulging in the agenda of “Modi Hatao (Remove Modi)”. His remarks come days after the Opposition’s show of unity in Karnataka.
“Vipaksh ka agenda ek hi hai: Modi ko hatao. BJP aur Narendra Modi ka agenda hai desh mein se avyawastha, bhrashtachar aur garibi ko hatakar, sthirta aur vikas pradaan karna (Opposition has a single-point agenda: to remove Modi. The agenda of the BJP and Narendra Modi is to eradicate anarchy, corruption and poverty from the country, to provide stability and development),” said Shah, addressing the media on the fourth anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government.
Shah’s remarks, at a time when the Opposition parties have stepped up efforts to jointly defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections, are reminiscent of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s battle cry ahead of the 1971 elections. “Woh kehte hain ‘Indira hatao’; main kehti hoon garibi hatao,” was her electoral rhetoric against the Opposition and a powerful section of Congress elders who had split as Congress (O). Riding on this slogan, Indira returned to power with an enhanced majority in 1971.
While the BJP president, who spoke at length on the achievements of the Modi government over the last four years, did not completely rule out the impact of Opposition unity in the upcoming bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, he dismissed any threat to the party in the Lok Sabha elections. Playing down the BJP’s loss in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls earlier this year, Shah said this cannot be compared with the general elections, when people will vote to decide if Modi will be their prime minister again.