Union home minister Amit Shah
on Monday asked
becomes an “impregnable fortress” of the party in the days ahead.
“Our job is not complete in Odisha. The work started during my tenure (as party chief) is half-done. We must complete it during the tenure of (JP) Nadda ji. We have to make Odisha a BJP fortress,” he said while addressing a virtual rally, Odisha Jan Samvad, telecast live over social media platforms.
is the centre of reforms in the country. It must be a developed state. Situation must change here so that no person from Odisha needs to migrate elsewhere to earn their livelihood. In future, no PM should be required to run Shramik Special trains to ferry stranded Odia people,” Shah said.
“Only BJP can make such a developed Odisha possible. That’s why I request you to strengthen the party here and expand the organisation further,” Shah said making an indirect reference to the large-scale migration of people from the state which came to fore during the lockdown. Notably, more than 5 lakh Odia migrants have returned from various states, including around 3 lakh by Shramik Special trains.
Talking about the plights of migrant workers, Shah said, “We feel their pain. The PM feels their pain. But their safety was given priority over their temporary sufferings. From June 1, they were brought by special trains. Both the Centre and the state governments worked in tandem for them.”
Lauding the Centre’s tackling of corona, the home minister criticised the Congress for doing nothing for the country except giving interviews.
“Some people of negative mind-set, the opposition parties raise questions. I want to tell them, in our fight, we may have committed mistakes, there may have been gaps. But we were not found wanting in our intention and commitment,” Shah said, adding India’s situation is far better than many countries.
“We may have fallen short of expectations. But what you have done? You should give your account to the people. I am giving account of the works done by the Modi government. When corona came, the Modi government announced 1.70 lakh crore package. So many disasters happened in the past. The Congress did nothing except giving interviews,” he added.
Shah said in the past, disasters were fought by the governments. But the Narendra Modi government took the entire people on board, corona is being fought by the entire country together. “For the first time in my life I saw the entire country coming forward responding to the PM’s call for Janata curfew voluntarily,” he said.
Responding to Shah’s statements, Odisha Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik said instead of finding ways to deal with the exponential rise of corona cases, the Centre is busy doing election rallies. “When India’s situation is worsening day by day, instead of putting his mind on how to save the life and livelihood of people, the home minister is busy blowing his own trumpet,” Niranjan said. BJD leader Subhash Singh declined to comment on Shah’s rally, saying it was the BJP’s internal matter.