Amit Shah targets Rahul Gandhi on dynasty remarks

RSTV Bureau
Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech at Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley, California on Monday.

Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech at Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley, California on Monday.

Rahul Gandhi formed the locus of BJP chief Amit Shah’s criticism of the opposition as he addressed his party’s top meeting on Monday. Listing Modi government’s achievement, especially in handling the economy, Shah criticised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks on dynastic politics.

Rahul Gandhi, often dubbed as “weak” and “ineffective” politician by the BJP, has been strongly criticised by several BJP leaders and ministers in the last few days after series of his speeches made during his two-week US trip.

Prominent among them has been Gandhi’s remarks at the Berkeley in California on dynasty politics.

Attacking Gandhi on the same issue, Amit Shah said the BJP believes in the politics of performance while the Congress banks on the “politics of appeasement and dynasty”.

BJP President Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah

In his inaugural address at the BJP national executive, Shah said the current president, vice president and the prime minister had reached their position due to their work, despite their humble origins.

Talking on the issue of economy, where government has been facing consistent criticism from the opposition, the ruling party chief said the economy was stronger under the BJP-led NDA government than it was under the UPA led by Congress.

He also cited figures to make his point, Union minister Piyush Goyal told reporters while briefing them on the party president’s speech.

On other crucial issues, he praised the government over its handling of Naxalism and terrorism, saying more terrorists were killed in its three years of rule than any other spell of three years.

Shifting criticism on other opposition parties besides the Congress party, Shah attacked the Trinamool government in West Bengal and the Left government in Kerala for alleged political violence targeting BJP workers, Goyal said.

(With inputs from news agencies)