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'Only Narendra Modi Government Can Give Befitting Reply To Terror Attacks': Amit Shah

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| February 25 , 2019 , 14:58 IST

BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday criticized the Congress party in Punjab and told that "raja-maharaja" government brought to a standstill the development projects and schemes started during the SAD-BJP rule.

He also hit out at Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad last year.

Addressing a state-level BJP workers' meet, Amit Shah made light of the opposition parties' effort to stitch up a ''Mahagathbandhan'' saying a leaderless alliance cannot take the country forward.

The people of this country have made up their mind to bring the BJP-led NDA back to power, Amit Shah said.

"This grand alliance cannot take the country forward, it cannot make the country superpower. Only a government under PM Modi can do so. Can Congress party give a befitting reply to terror attacks? Only Narendra Modi government can," he claimed.

At the meeting, a two-minute silence was observed in memory of the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Of the slain jawans, four belonged to Punjab.

"I want to tell the families (of the slain CRPF men) that the blood shed by the 40 jawans will not go in vain. Our government will teach terrorists a lesson," the BJP president said.

Touching upon how Punjab for decades has been meeting the country's foodgrain needs and safeguarding its borders, he said the centre has left no stone unturned to ensure the state's development.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were always liberal in giving grants to Punjab, and the state got Rs. 1,61,907 crore under the NDA dispensation as against the UPA's Rs. 30,157 crore, Amit Shah said.

Describing the Amarinder Singh-led Congress dispensation as "raja-maharaja government", he claimed there is no match for the previous SAD-BJP regime led by Parkash Singh Badal.

"These days Capt Sahab (Amarinder Singh) has become vocal, may be because polls are near. Sometimes he also goes to the office. Now, he has started saying the Centre has not done this and that. He is seeking accountability from us," Shah said.

"But what about his promises to farmers, on ending the drug menace, about unemployment allowance? Even Rahul Gandhi had vowed loan waiver for Punjab farmers, but the way they came out with a loan waiver, it has not benefitted the state's peasants," BJP President claimed.