PATAN, June 10 (PTI): Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday accused Rahul Gandhi of criticising India and discussing its internal politics during his visits to foreign countries, and said the Congress leader should learn from his ancestors.
Shah said it does not suit any leader to criticise one’s own country abroad, and asked Gandhi to keep in mind that people of the country were watching him.
He was referring to Gandhi’s criticism of the Narendra Modi government during his recent tour of the USA.
“Any patriotic person should discuss Indian politics within India. It does not suit the leader of any party to go abroad and discuss the country’s politics and criticise the country. Rahul baba, you must remember that people of the country are watching it closely,” Shah said.
“Rahul baba is going abroad on a vacation to escape the summer heat. He keeps criticising the country there. I would like to suggest Rahul Gandhi to learn from his ancestors,” he said.
Shah was addressing a rally at Siddhpur town in Patan district of Gujarat organised to mark nine years of the Modi government.
The country has witnessed huge changes under the Modi government, but Congress does not stop talking about anti-India things, he said.
Shah also attacked Gandhi over its criticism of the new Parliament building.
“You opposed the new Parliament building and installation of ‘Sengol’, a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, there. The Sengol was to be installed by Jawaharlal Nehru. Modi is doing it because he (Nehru) did not do it, then why are you opposing?” he asked.
Congress leaders do not allow PM Modi to speak in Parliament and only keep opposing everything, Shah alleged, and added that the PM has started a new tradition of doing “politics of development”.
Shah also attacked Gandhi over the issues of Ram temple in Ayodhya and the abrogation of Article 370.
Lord Ram’s temple at Ayodhya was desecrated since the time of Babar (founder of the Mughal empire), he said.
“But today, a grand temple of Lord Ram is under construction and it will be completed shortly,” he said.
Praising PM Modi, Shah said the government worked towards improving the lives of Dalits, poor and tribals and made them capable.
“It was under the leadership of PM Modi that a tribal woman became the President of the country for the first time,” he said.
Whether improving the economic condition or connecting the country digitally, implementing projects of social welfare, COVID-19 vaccination or infrastructure, India has become a centre of hope in the world, he said.
Referring to former PM Manmohan Singh and ex-Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Shah said, “Comparing 10 years of Manmohan-Sonia to 10 years of Modi, one will find that the 10 years of the Congress-led government were marked by corruption, mismanagement, economic downfall, terrorism and poor law and order situation.”
The 10 years of the Modi government have been that of capable and safe digital India walking the path of social welfare, he said.
Shah urged the people of Gujarat to vote for the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) to ensure that it wins all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in the 2024 election.
“Narendrabhai started a new era of development in the country from Gujarat. The publicity of all-round development witnessed in Gujarat from 2002 till 2014 in terms of 24-hours electricity, water, check dam, farm, and girl education helped Modi become the prime minister and the ‘Gujarat model’ turned into the ‘India model’,” he said.
Shah urged people to get united and decide whether they want Modi or Gandhi as their prime minister in 2024.
“Wherever I go, I see support for Modi. I request the people of Gujarat that they should ensure that all 26 seats in the state are won by the BJP for the third time,” he said.