The public holds Uddhav Thackeray accountable for abandoning his principles in pursuit of power: Amit Shah

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Hon’ble Union Home Minister & Minister of Cooperation Shri Amit Shah addressed public meetings in Dhule and Palghar, Maharashtra on Monday. Shri Shah criticized the Congress party for opposing developmental projects solely for the sake of vote bank politics, and also condemned Uddhav Thackeray for supporting the Congress in its endeavors. During the event, Maharashtra CM Shri Eknath Shinde, Deputy CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Ajit Gopchade, Dhule Lok Sabha candidate Shri Subhash Bhamre, Palghar Candidate Shri Hemant Savara among other leaders were present.

Union Home Minister emphasized the importance of voting in the ongoing fourth phase of elections, urging people to participate actively in selecting a government that will ensure the security of the nation. Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar are misleading the people, but this election is set to reaffirm Shri Narendra Modi’s position as Prime Minister for the third time, propelling India forward at a rapid pace, three times faster and making 3 crore ‘Lakhpati Didi’. There are two sides before the people, on one side, there’s the Congress and its allies, embroiled in scams totaling ₹12 lakh crore; on the other side, Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with 23 years of leadership experience at both state and central levels, yet not a single corruption allegation against him. On one side, there’s Rahul Gandhi, frequently seen vacationing in Thailand, contrasted with PM Shri Modi, who hasn’t taken a holiday in 23 years and celebrates festivals with soldiers on the border. While Rahul Gandhi was born with a silver spoon, Shri Narendra Modi hails from a humble background, born in a poor tea seller’s house. The choice for the people lies between these two options. The INDI alliance has one primary agenda, which is to criticize PM Shri Modi relentlessly, day in and day out. They lack a clear prime ministerial candidate, with leaders like Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, MK Stalin, Mamata Banerjee, and even Rahul Gandhi not being perceived as viable options for the Prime Minister’s role. What India really needs is a strong and stable government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, renowned for his impeccable integrity and unwavering commitment. People must cast their votes for the ‘Lotus’ symbol and ensure the victory of BJP candidates. Every vote in his favor will contribute to Shri Narendra Modi’s re-election as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister states that every part of his body and every moment of his life is dedicated to the people of the country.

Shri Shah highlighted that the Congress party and Sharad Pawar stalled the construction of the Ram Mandir, leaving the issue unresolved in court for 70 years. However, during his second term as Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi facilitated the construction of the Ram Mandir through the judicial process. He not only laid the foundation stone but also performed the Bhoomi Poojan and Pran Pratishtha on January 22nd. Due to concerns about upsetting their vote banks, parties aligned with Rahul Gandhi and Uddhav Thackeray boycotted the sacred ceremony of Bhagwan Ram’s Pran Pratishtha. The BJP, under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, doesn’t yield to vote bank fears. He spearheaded the reconstruction of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, which was destroyed during Aurangzeb’s reign. Furthermore, there’s been a concerted effort to revitalize significant cultural heritage sites, exemplified by the restoration of the revered Somnath Mandir. INC Maharashtra President Nana Patole stated that upon coming to power, they intend to conduct rituals at the Ram Mandir for its purification. However, it’s important to note that wherever Bhagwan Ram resides, that place inherently holds purity and sanctity. According to AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge, there seems to be no connection between Kashmir and states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra. However, the reality is quite different. Every individual from Maharashtra, including Dhule, feels a deep connection with Kashmir and is willing to sacrifice their lives for it. Congress has long been safeguarding Article 370 for the sake of its appeasement politics. However, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took decisive action on August 5th 2019, by abrogating Article 370 and proudly hoisting India’s tricolor in the region. National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah cautioned against discussing PoK due to Pakistan’s possession of atomic weapons. On the other hand, Mani Shankar Aiyar suggested showing respect to Pakistan and refraining from discussing PoK. However, the BJP refuses to succumb to fear. With PM Shri Modi at the helm, the BJP asserts that PoK rightfully belongs to India and will remain so.

Union Home Minister challenged Uddhav Thackeray regarding Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of removing Article 370.  If Uddhav Thackeray has even a bit of morality, he should tell the people of Maharashtra that Article 370 should have been revoked. Uddhav Thackeray has been supporting individuals who advocate for the reinstatement of triple talaq. The BJP has pledged to implement a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) across the entire country, aiming to ensure that the nation does not operate under Sharia law. Shri Narendra Modi has endeavored to combat terrorism by revoking Article 370 and has also focused on addressing Naxalism in the nation. During the Sonia-Manmohan government, for ten years, with Sharad Pawar as the Agriculture Minister, terrorist activities were rampant, including the Mumbai terror attack. However, after Shri Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, despite attacks like Uri and Pulwama, within 10 days, the Indian Army conducted surgical and airstrikes in Pakistan, delivering a strong response. Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party are incapable of ensuring the safety and prosperity of the country. The Congress party kept the economy at the 11th position for 10 years, while Shri Narendra Modi has worked to improve it from 11th to 5th place in just ten years. It is ‘Modi’s guarantee’ that after becoming Prime Minister for the third time, India will become the world’s 3rd largest economy. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi introduced the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities. However, the Congress party seeks to repeal the CAA. Thousands of infiltrators reportedly pass through Mamata Banerjee’s state and reach Mumbai. This time, the BJP is confident of winning 30 seats in Bengal as well. With the BJP’s presence in Bengal, it’s expected that infiltrators will not be able to enter without proper scrutiny and respect.

Shri Shah highlighted that Shri Narendra Modi has propelled development across the nation, with the BJP undertaking numerous projects in Maharashtra. Shri Devendra Fadnavis revealed that significant efforts have been made to address water scarcity issues, with extensive work done in Dhule. Around 3.5 lakh homes in Dhule now have access to ‘Nal se Jal’. Several irrigation projects, including Sualawade, Jamphal, and Kenoli, were stalled, but Shri Devendra Fadnavis and Shri Subhash Bhamre have worked on them, investing approximately ₹2500 crore to resolve Dhule’s water crisis. Dhule district has witnessed the construction of 6 national highways. Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Devendra Fadnavis have undertaken the task of revitalizing all these highways. Shri Devendra Fadnavis has introduced the ‘Bhavantar Yojana,’ costing ₹4,000 crore, for cotton farmers. As soon as the model code of conduct concludes, the ₹4,000 crore will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has successfully passed the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament, ensuring 33 percent reservation for women in both the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. PM Shri Modi has made significant strides in uplifting tribal communities. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee established the Ministry of Tribal Welfare, and PM Shri Modi continued this legacy. He declared the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as Tribal Pride Day and appointed tribal woman Smt Draupadi Murmu as the President, symbolizing his commitment to tribal empowerment. During the Congress tenure, the tribal welfare budget was ₹25 thousand crore. However, under the BJP government, this budget has increased significantly to ₹1 lakh 25 thousand crore.

 Union Home Minister stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party has allocated nearly ₹15 lakh crore for development in Maharashtra. However, Uddhav Thackeray needs to respond regarding the actions taken for Maharashtra’s development during the Congress government’s tenure. In Dhule, numerous projects have been initiated by the BJP government, including the ₹1800 crore Bharatmala project, Dhule-Indore railway route, commencement of Dhule-Dadar railway, construction of 6 highways, and the construction of 25,000 houses. 60 crore poor individuals are receiving crucial support, including housing, access to electricity, tap water, sanitation facilities, gas connections, health coverage worth ₹5 lakh, and five kilograms of free ration. For the development of Vadavan Port, ₹7,600 crore has been allocated. Over the next 10 years, 10 lakh people associated with this region will receive employment opportunities. Atal Setu, the longest sea bridge has been constructed. India’s first bullet train is set to operate at a cost of ₹1 lakh crore. Five new Vande Bharat trains have been introduced, and metro development spanning 33 kilometers has been completed at a cost of ₹40,000 crore. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal and 23 railway stations have been modernized with an expenditure of ₹1,800 crore. The Modi government has facilitated the safe return of 2,600 fishermen from Pakistan to Palghar. Additionally, 5 lakh 34 thousand people in Palghar district are receiving healthcare benefits up to ₹5 lakh. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, ₹260 crore has been transferred to farmers’ accounts.

Shri Shah asked five questions to Uddhav Thackeray, who has abandoned principles for the sake of power. Congress leaders support Kasab, want to repeal Muslim Personal Law, Rahul Gandhi opposes Veer Savarkar, and Udayanidhi Stalin opposes Sanatan Dharma. Is Uddhav Thackeray supporting them? The sole objective of the INDI Alliance revolves around individual ambitions. Uddhav Thackeray aims to position Aditya Thackeray as Chief Minister, while Sharad Pawar’s objective is to promote Supriya Sule to the same position. Similarly, Mamata Banerjee aims to elevate her nephew, and Lalu Prasad Yadav seeks to secure his son’s position as Chief Minister. Sonia Gandhi’s objective is to promote Rahul Gandhi to the role of Prime Minister. Those who prioritize their personal ambitions, particularly those concerning their family members, may be perceived as neglecting the broader interests of the country.

Hon’ble Union Home Minister Shri Shah stated that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has ensured the safety of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congress party cannot ensure the country’s security. Rahul Gandhi himself cannot launch, so how can he launch Chandrayaan? Rahul Gandhi cannot provide gas, water, electricity, healthcare services, and free grains to the poor households. These people can only benefit their families, not the people of the country. Only hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi can bring respect to this country on the global stage. Shri Amit Shah appealed to the people across the country to ensure a landslide victory for the local candidate and to once again form a Modi government with more than 400 seats in the entire country.