Oppn. can’t stop Ram temple opening: Shah

The Asian Age With Agency Inputs

India, Politics

Says I.N.D.I.A. can go to any extent for votes, appeasement politics

Union Home and Cooperative Minister Amit Shah at the inauguration of the BJP's "Parivartan Sankalp Yatra" at Beneshwar, Dungarpur, Sunday, Sep. 3, 2023. (PTI)

Home minister Amit Shah on Sunday accused the Congress of corruption and minority appeasement, at the launch of the party’s Parivartan Yatra in Dungarpur in poll-bound Rajasthan.

Bitterly criticising Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for saying that Hindu organisations were more dangerous than the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Shah said, “You compare Hindu organisations with Lashkar-e-Taiba. Your minister used to say that Hindu terror is going on. This I.N.D.I.A. alliance can go to any extent for vote bank and appeasement politics.”

He was speaking at a public rally at Beneshwar Dham in Dungarpur district on Beneshwar Dham, a pilgrimage site for people from tribal communities. It is located at the confluence of the Som, Mahi and the Jakham rivers on the Banswara Dungarpur border.

Shah alleged that it was not the first time that votebank appeasement was in play.

“Manmohan Singh had said that minorities have the first right on the budget. We say that Dalits, tribals and backward (classes) have the first right,” he said.

Dubbed the I.N.D.I.A. bloc as “ghamandiya gathbandhan”, Shah said the alliance could go to any extent for votebank politics but “the more they talk against ‘Sanatan Dharma’, the less they will be visible”.

“They say that if Modi wins, ‘Sanatan’ rule will come. ‘Sanatan’ is ruling the hearts of the people. Modi has said the country will run on the basis of the Constitution,” Shah said, adding that the prime minister has worked to secure the nation.

On the Ram temple, he alleged that the Congress blocked the temple for years but after the Supreme Court order, “Modi did ‘bhumi pujan’ and a grand temple is going to be ready in January on the same land where Ram was born”.

“The I.N.D.I.A. alliance cannot stop it,” he said.

Shah also said the UPA is accused of corruption.

“Along with this, there is arrogance in the mind, pride that only the Gandhi family can rule the country. And Modi is the poor son of a poor mother and a tea-seller (father). These people are unable to tolerate it,” he claimed.

Shah also targeted the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan.“Ashok Gehlot’s government is a government steeped in corruption, a failed government in women’s safety,” Shah said.