Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: With an eye on the upcoming polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party has renewed the `Congress-free India` slogan with party president Amit Shah asking cadres to spread BJP ideology and expand its reach across the country.
In his address at the National Council on Saturday, Shah sought fresh milestones by seeking victory in the coming elections in all the four states saying the country was still not "Congress-free".
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Congress and others of playing vote-bank politics.
Modi, during his campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls had given the clarion call of `Congress-mukht Bharat`. The BJP along with its allies won more than 300 seats with the Congress ending up with its worst ever tally of 44 seats.
Now with the crucial Assembly polls in states like Haryana and Maharashtra, the BJP is gearing up to carry forward the momentum of victory in Parliamentary polls.
Yesterday, while asking cadres to expand its reach across the country like the Congress did all these years, Shah said, “For long, Congress `vichar` (thought) has been pre- dominant in the country`s politics. Now, it is time to ensure that our `vichar` (thought) has an imprint on the nation`s politics,” PTI reported.
Shah, architect of BJP`s victory in crucial Uttar Pradesh winning 73 out of 80 seats there in Lok Sabha polls, also said, “The country is yet to be rid of Congress. The cadres should keep this in mind,” adding “Assembly elections are coming in four states of Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. We need to ensure that we get absolute majority in all these states. This is our foremost priority. But our long-term objective is to provide good governance to the entire country.”
The conclave was attended by PM Modi and senior leaders like LK Advani, M M Joshi, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley.
Winding up the day-long proceedings, Modi hailed Shah as
the "man of the match" for the Lok Sabha poll victory under Rajnath Singh`s captaincy.
But he did not let go the opportunity to come out with a stinging attack on Congress and SP in the wake of rising incidents of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh. He accused them of playing vote-bank politics and dividing the society.
"BJP never accepts such incidents (of violence). Peace, unity, harmony and brotherhood are the pre-requisites of progress and there will be no compromise on this. Some people who have suffered a massive defeat are still not able to desist from engaging in old vote-bank politics. They are engaged in disturbing the social fabric of the country," Modi said in his 40-minute speech heard with rapt attention.
His attack on rivals without naming them comes against the backdrop of BJP being accused of fanning communal violence in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who stormed the Well of the Lok Sabha to demand debate on rising communal violence, has said the violence in UP was "artificially and deliberately engineered".
Talking about his government which was formed after BJP`s landslide victory, PM said "different and tough yardsticks" are being applied to gauge its performance.
"Those who have not done anything for 60 years are asking for our account of 60 days," he said attacking Congress yet again.
With PTI inputs