Pune: Making a strong pitch for a BJP government in Maharashtra, party Chief Amit Shah on Monday attacked Congress and NCP for alleged scams and corruption during their long rule even as he said his party's government will help restore the state's pride and ensure its all-round development.
The BJP leader also raked up the issue of hooting of then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, saying it is the people of Maharashtra who have to clap for him for the work done and not his party.
"Elect such a government which could re-establish the pride of Maharashtra, ensure all-round development of the state and make it Number 1 among all states.
"The country can only progress if there is development of Maharashtra. There should be such a government here which supports the Centre," he said addressing poll rallies in Hadapsar and Lonavala in the district.
Shah alleged Congress and NCP have indulged only in scams in the last 15 years of rule in the state and 10 years rule at the Centre. The two parties do not have leaders of national stature, he claimed.
"There is no national leader in Congress. NCP also does not have any national leader.
"Who is there in Congress? Rahul Gandhi. Congress leader Digvijay Singh says Congress could not do well in the Lok Sabha elections as Rahul Gandhi did not speak much. Digvijayji, had Rahul Gandhi spoken more, Congress would not even have got 44 seats in the Lok Sabha polls," he said.
Taking a dig at Chavan for not attending any function where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present as he was hooted, Shah said, "The way you have ruled Maharashtra, there can be nothing except hooting. For last 10 years at the Centre and 15 years in Maharashtra, you gave a corrupt regime and you expect that BJP should make provision of claps in your favour. It is the people of Maharashtra who will clap, not any political party."
Shah said Congress and NCP cannot lead the nation and only BJP and Narendra Modi were in a position to do so. "That is why I urge you to strengthen the hands of Modi to form a strong and stable government in Maharashtra. You should rise above caste and creed to elect BJP to power," he told the voters.
He alleged Congress and NCP indulged in 100 scams totalling Rs 11,88,000 crore and asked the people to reject them. Modi, he said, never indulged in corruption nor does he allow it to happen and that is why the prices under the BJP- government had started coming down and will fall further.
"Prices of essential commodities as well as that of petrol and diesel are falling since Modi became the Prime Minister and the downward trend could continue further in the month of October," Shah said at Lonavala.
Hitting out at NCP leader Sharad Pawar, the BJP chief said as many as 3,700 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra after their crops failed for want of water.
He said that the central government had made provision of Rs 17,000 crore for providing water to farmers, "but all that money went into the pockets of Congress and NCP leaders and water never reached farmers".
Shah announced that BJP, if elected to power, will hold a fresh probe into the firing on farmers a few years ago when many of them lost their lives and said anybody found guilty will not be spared.
He also attacked then Congress-NCP rule for not building a memorial for Maratha king Shivaji in 2008 despite promising to do so.
BJP, he said, had given the nation a Prime Minister who speaks. "For 10 years the country could not hear the Prime Minister speak. We have done what Congress could not do, where the Prime Minister speaks," he said.
He said the difference between the previous Congress-led UPA regime and the NDA government in its first 100 days was that, earlier Pakistan began and ended the shelling from across the border, but now it is India which silences the firing which is started by Pakistan.
Shah claimed that the GDP growth rate was up at 5.7 per cent from the 4.7 per cent where the previous regime had left it and the prices of petrol had come down within 100 days of the NDA government coming to power.
He claimed that under the previous Congress-led government, bank officials would visit the homes of rich industrialists to clinch their accounts but they were now visiting the dwellings of the poor to open their accounts.
"This is the difference the new government has made," he added.