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Next 30-40 years will be era of BJP: Amit Shah

Calls for ending the politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement

Next 30-40 years will be era of BJP: Amit Shah

Hyderabad: Asserting that the next 30 to 40 years will be the era of the BJP which will make India a "vishwa guru" (world leader), its senior leader Amit Shah said on Sunday the party will end "family rule" in Telangana and West Bengal and also form governments in states where power has so far remained out of its reach.

In his address at the BJP national executive meeting while proposing political resolution, the Union home minister called for ending the politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement and cited the party's win in a string of recent polls as an endorsement of its "politics of development and performance".

He identified southern India as the region for its next round of growth, and said the opposition had become disjointed and dispirited with members of the Congress fighting for democracy within their organisation as its ruling family clung to its position.

He also hailed as "historic" the recent Supreme Court verdict dismissing a plea challenging the Special Investigation Team's (SIT) clean chit to 64 people, including then chief minister Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. The court had also come down hard on the petitioners. The apex court has exposed opposition parties, a section of media and some NGOs for their conspiracy to defame Modi, he said.

The BJP leader said Modi received insults, maintained silence while facing the SIT and kept his faith in the Constitution while contrasting this with the Congress' attempt to spread "anarchy" after its leader Rahul Gandhi was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case. The opposition party had launched nationwide protests, blaming the ruling party's vendetta for the probe against its top functionaries. Briefing reporters on Shah's speech, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Modi never did the kind of "drama" that Gandhi has done while facing a lawful investigation.

The home minister said Modi drank all the poison thrown at him like Lord Shiva and faced the probe. Sarma parried queries on whether the killing of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal, who was hacked to death by two Islamic fanatics, or the row involving suspended BJP member Nupur Sharma over her objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammad was part of deliberations at the national executive meet, but added that specific incidents are generally not discussed at such a conclave where the focus is on "macro" issues.

He, though, alleged that had the Congress not started politics of appeasement, incidents like Udaipur killing might not have happened. The home minister in his address called for ending "dynastic politics, casteism and politics of appeasement" and termed them "greatest sins" and the reason behind the country's sufferings over the years.

Communalism and fundamentalism are products of appeasement, Sarma said. The home minister in his nearly hour-long speech cited the BJP's win in a series of polls to assert that it underlined people's approval of the party's "politics of development and performance". He also sought an end to political violence.

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