As the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly Elections are nearing, political parties have started sending their star campaigners to Rajasthan. Both BJP and Congress parties have geared up for the upcoming polls and prominent leaders are doing rounds of the poll-bound state. On Friday, Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Assam CM Himanta Biswa, Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami campaigned for the BJP in Rajasthan.
Shah: ‘Laal Diary’ contains Gehlot’s ‘Kacha Chitta’
On Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Rajasthan’s Bijanagar
to boost up BJP’s election campaign. Shah hit out at Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, saying that the ‘Laal Diary’ contains Gehlot’s ‘’Kacha Chitta’, pointing to the rough draft of all calculations about the alleged scams that took place in the state under his watch.
“’Laal Diary’ has Ashok Gehlot’s ‘Kacha Chitta’. It has all calculations of corruption worth thousands of crores,” Amit Shah said.
The Red Diary has become one of the most talked-about political accusations ever since sacked Rajasthan Minister Rajendra Gudha claimed that it contained information about financial transactions involving the Chief Minister.
Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Amit Shah advised some youths present at the public meeting not to wear ‘red’ clothes to Gehlot’s campaign. He asked, “Some youths have come here wearing red shirts and jerseys. It is okay that you have come to my public meeting. But don’t go to Gehlot’s meeting. Just like the Bulls run seeing red, Gehlot will also…Do you know why? What is in the ‘Laal Diary’?”
Congress considers Rajasthan as its ATM: Amit Shah
The Union Home Minister said that Ashok Gehlot has indulged in so much corruption in these five years that the total proceeds of those scams, amount to more than those done by all the state governments in Rajasthan since independence.
“Gehlot has indulged in so much corruption in these five years that it amounts to more than those done by all the governments in Rajasthan since Independence,” Shah said.
Listing out the scams done by the Gehlot government, he said, “Whether it is in the Mining department, for giving mining pattas, Udaisagar Jheel, Pratapgarh Limestone mining…Even from their secretariats, in the offices of the secretaries, Rs 2 crore and some kilogrammes of gold were found in their cupboards.”
Continuing his attack against the Gehlot government, Shah said, “For five years, you’ve seen the Congress government. In these five years, if Congress has done anything big, it is corruption.” Shah said that Congress considered Rajasthan as its “ATM” where its leaders from Delhi swiped cards to withdraw money. He said, “The state ranks number one in terms of corruption, appeasement, rape and other crimes against women, cybercrime and inflation index…The Gehlot government ran an ATM to swipe cards and withdraw money. The Congress party turned Rajasthan into an ATM where its leaders from Delhi swiped the card to withdraw money. Such a government should be ousted.”
Attacking the Congress government further, he said, “The Gehlot government has crossed all limits in Rajasthan for vote bank politics. Kanhaiya Lal was murdered in broad daylight in Udaipur, but not a single word came out of their mouth. They have made Rajasthan a state of riots,” Shah said.
Appealing to people to vote for the “double engine” government in the state, Shah said, “When you cast your vote for the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha elections, do not think that you are voting to elect an MLA or BJP. But your vote is for Rajasthan and the country to prosper, to bring about a double-engine government in Rajasthan under the leadership of Narendra Modi.”
Gadkari: Double-engine BJP govt is necessary for Rajasthan
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the pace of development will increase in Rajasthan if the “double-engine government” of the BJP is formed. He said the Centre has done various development works which have changed the face of Rajasthan and the pace will pick up if the BJP is voted to power in the state. “The face of Rajasthan has changed rapidly and I believe that the BJP government will once again come with the support of the people. We will win and with the double-engine government, the pace of development will further increase,” Gadkari said at a press conference in Jaipur. He said that with better roads, tourism will increase and more employment opportunities will be created. Replying to a question on toll tax on roads, Gadkari said, “The toll tax system has come out of compulsion as the government has less resources.”
Biswa: If cheap petrol is possible in Assam, then why not in Rajasthan
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed an election rally in the Khandela assembly constituency of Sikar district of Rajasthan. During this, he fiercely attacked the Congress government. Biswa said, “I sometimes wonder how I stayed in Congress for so many years, but now everything is fine. The government in Rajasthan was not run by Ashok Gehlot but ran a looted government. Assam is one-third of Rajasthan. Today if Assam can provide petrol at Rs 98 then why not the Gehlot government? You should ask why you charge Rs 10 more from us.”
He also slammed the Congress government for the paper leak cases saying, “Rajasthan is the land of heroes, but what is happening in Rajasthan right now? Whenever an exam is given, the paper gets leaked. When there was a Congress government in Assam, the paper used to get leaked every time. When our government came, the first thing they arrested was the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, he has been in jail for five years. We said that you cannot betray the poor and unemployed. When the BJP government is formed in Rajasthan, we will give appointments based on merit. Anyone who dares to leak a paper will be jailed.”
During this, Union Minister Arjunram Meghwal, MP Sumedhanand Saraswati and BJP officials were present. Earlier, he had also inaugurated the party office of Khandela’s BJP candidate Advocate Subhash Meel Khandela.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami also addressed various public rallies in support of BJp candidates in Rajasthan, where he attacked the Congress government saying that Congress has committed a grave sin by ruining the situation in Rajasthan, and the public of Rajasthan will punish them in this election.
Rajasthan is set to undergo assembly polls on November 25 and the counting of votes will be done on December 3.