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Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Top leaders of I.N.D.I.A. bloc will scramble for PM's post if it comes to power, says Amit Shah

In contrast, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, 'a third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead to elimination of corruption from the entire country...'
Last Updated : 29 April 2024, 09:58 IST
Last Updated : 29 April 2024, 09:58 IST

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Jhanjarpur: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday warned that a victory of the opposition I.N.D.I.A. bloc, “even by mistake”, will lead to a scramble among top leaders of the alliance for the prime minister’s post.

Addressing a rally in Jhanharpur Lok Sabha constituency of Bihar, Shah claimed that leaders like M K Stalin, Sharad Pawar, Lalu Prasad and Mamata Banerjee may agree to a year each of premiership, by turns, and “Rahul baba (Rahul Gandhi) will have to settle for whatever is left of the tenure”.

In contrast, he said, “a third term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead to elimination of corruption from the entire country, including Bihar, and eradication of casteism in the state”.

“Modi’s return to power is certain. But, suppose, even by mistake, if the I.N.D.I.A. alliance comes to power, what will happen? Who will be the prime minister? Will it be Stalin, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee or Rahul Gandhi? They will all settle for sharing the top post for a year each. Is it how the country can be run?” Shah said.

India wants a “mazboot” (strong) PM, not a “majboor” (weak) prime minister, the senior BJP leader asserted.

Slamming Gandhi for his “new-found concern for OBCs”, the home minister said “the Congress party has always been against the Other Backward Classes. It had opposed the Mandal Commission. Modi has emerged from among the OBCs and the community has been empowered during his tenure as never before”.

He also showered encomiums on Modi for abrogation of Article 370 and strong counter-terrorism steps like surgical strikes in contrast with the previous Congress-led UPA regime, “when for 10 years, terrorists struck at will”.

Attacking the opposition for alleging misuse of central agencies, Shah said, “Should there be no action against the corrupt? Whoever is found guilty of swindling money meant for the poor people of the country, must be in jail”.

He also said the opposition camp had neither leaders nor resolve, alleging “Sonia Gandhi’s sole concern is making her son the prime minister, while Lalu Prasad wants to make his son the chief minister of Bihar”.

Shah alleged that the Congress and the RJD supremo did not give due respect to former Bihar CM Karpoori Thakur, but the BJP recognised his contribution and conferred the Bharat Ratna on him.

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Published 29 April 2024, 09:58 IST

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