New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) campaign for the upcoming assembly polls in the state and attacked the opposition for dismissing PM Modi's efforts to unite country in fight against the dreadful coronavirus as "political propaganda".

Speaking at the Bihar Jansamvad online rally, the Home Minister said that his rally is aimed at connecting people with 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' campaign, adding that the issues which none dared to touch in 70 years were resolved in first year of Modi government's second term.

He, however, stressed that his rally is "not an election or a political rally" but it is a rally to bring the people of the country together in our fight against coronavirus pandemic. 

"Some people welcomed our today's virtual rally by clanging 'thalis'. I am glad they finally heard PM Modi's appeal to show gratitude towards those fighting COVID19," Shah said, as reported by news agency ANI.

The Home Minister also lauded the corona warriors for fighting against the virus by risking their lives, saying he wants to acknowledge their contribution.

Continuing his attack at the opposition, Shah said that the Modi government safely ferried 1.25 crore migrant workers to their destinations after health infrastructure was ramped up to meet their needs.


He said that quarantine centres were set up and special 'shramik trains' were started to ferry the stranded labourers, adding that 1.25 crore migrants have been safely brought to their places by the Centre.

"Some people lost patience and started walking, when it came to notice, buses were deployed to bring them to railway stations. 85 per cent of the cost was borne by central government and 15 per cent by state governments," ANI quoted Shah as saying.

Speaking about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Shah accused the opposition of spreading lies and rumours and said that it only provides "citizenship and respect to refugees in India".

He also spoke about the surgical strike and Balakot air strikes and said that there was a "time when anybody used to enter our borders, beheaded our soldiers and Delhi's darbar remained unaffected" but the situation has changed after the arrival of the Modi government.

"India's defence policy has gained global acceptance. The whole world agrees that after USA and Israel if there is any other country that is able to protect its borders, it is India," Shah said, as quoted by ANI.

Shah also said that Bihar has been the world leader in introducing and fighting for democratic rights in the country and remembered the role of the State's leaders in standing up against the Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

"How can we forget the contribution of Babu Jagjeevan Ramji, Rajendra (Prasad), Jai Prakash Narayan, Shri Babu, among others in the freedom struggle. Even after Independence, when Congress leader Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency, attempting to crush democracy, it was the people of Bihar who rose under JP to re-establish democracy," he noted.

At the end of his rally, Shah expressed hope that the BJP-led NDA government will win the upcoming assmbly elections in the state.

"There are elections in Bihar in the coming days, I believe that under Nitish Kumar ji's leadership NDA will form the government with 2/3rd majority but this isn't the time for politics. We all should fight COVID-19 under Modi ji's leadership," he said, as reported by ANI.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma