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BJP targets Rahul over lack of development in Amethi

AMETHI/NEW DELHI

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including party president Amit Shah on Tuesday launched a concerted attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, questioning his work for the development of his constituency Amethi and asking people to defeat him and the Congress in the next Lok Sabha election.

Addressing a public meeting, Shah spoke but made no mention of the charges levelled against his son Jay Shah, whose company reportedly recorded   a turnover of Rs800 million in 2015 after showing just Rs50,000 the previous year.

“You have trusted the Gandhi-Nehru family for 60 years. You put your trust for once in the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will not regret,” he told the people of Amethi, where the BJP won four of the five assembly constituencies in the last Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and federal minister Smriti Irani, who lost to Rahul in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, also attacked Rahul, questioning his commitment to the development of Amethi, a Gandhi family bastion for decades.

Referring to Rahul’s presence in Gujarat, Shah said: “There are two development models in the country. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. In Gujarat there is 24-hour power supply, drinking water in every house, a good public health centre in every tehsil.”

Meanwhile, the BJP said the Congress is on the wane throughout the country and advised Rahul to give up Twitter politics and work on the ground.

Referring to BJP’s success in the first phase of Maharashtra civic polls, federal minister Prakash Javadekar said the party’s performance showed it was the choice of the poor.

Meanwhile, Rahul continued to attack the prime minister, accusing him of remaining silent on the controversy surrounding the tremendous increase in the turnover of a company owned by BJP chief’s son, says a Vadodara report.

There has been an amazing transition from ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ (save girl, teach girl) to ‘save son’, he jibed at the government on its slogan of saving and educating the girl child.

Indo-Asian News Service