BJP President Amit Shah today described Gujarat as the “laboratory” of Sangh Parivar’s ideology and expressed confidence of a victory for the party in 2017 Assembly polls as he once again attacked Rahul Gandhi over the JNU episode.
Giving a pep talk to Gujarat BJP workers in the wake of recent loss in local body polls, Shah asked them not to get disappointed with the outcome, confident that the saffron outfit will emerge victorious at the Assembly polls and also the 2019 national elections.
“We should not get disappointed here as this is the laboratory of our ideology. The 2012 win in Gujarat was the stepping stone for 2014 Lok Sabha win and in the same way 2017 victory will pave the way for win in 2019 national elections,” Shah asserted.
The BJP leader, who last month got re-elected as party President for a fresh three-year term, was addressing a meeting of party leaders and workers, who had gathered here from across the State.
Shah asked them to work collectively for BJP’s victory in the Assembly polls.
He questioned the commitment of Rahul, the Congress Vice President, towards the country after his visit to JNU campus in support of students who allegedly raised anti-India slogans.
“I want to ask State Congress leaders whether they endorse Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the JNU issue. He visited the (JNU) campus and extended support to those who raised anti-India slogans. He says they have freedom of expression. I wonder in which country Rahul lives,” said Shah.
“When Gujarat is going for Assembly polls, it is now the responsibility of each BJP worker to follow Congress leaders wherever they go and force them to clear their stand (on the JNU issue).
“Till they clear their stand, you should not allow them to go among the people,” said Shah, indicating that the party workers may launch the poll campaign well in advance.
Commenting on the setback suffered by BJP in district and taluka panchayat polls held in November last, Shah at one point expressed concern over the loss.
“When I was in Delhi, I saw disappointment in the eyes of BJP workers here. It really surprised me. The polls results were indeed worrisome as we lost in the panchayat polls (in rural areas). However, we captured corporations and municipalities (urban centres). I want you to shed all your disappointments and get ready for the Assembly polls.”