The BJP chief backtracked his comment an hour later saying that what he implied was parties with different ideologies are joining together to contest next election against BJP and Narendra Modi. Let me take names: "Samajwadi Party and BSP, Trinamool Congress and Congress, Chandrababu Naidu and Congress, they have nothing in common and no ideological similarities, but are coming together", the BJP president said.
The BJP, he said, will observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer who came from a backward caste, on April 11 as "Samta Diwas" (equality day).
Addressing a joint press conference, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and party's senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said their party MPs had met the Rajya Sabha chairman requesting him that house should not be prorogued so that it can be reconvened for two more weeks to discuss issues of national importance as they could not be taken up due to disruptions.
Training a gun at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shah said, "When we lost two Lok Sabha seats recently Rahul Gandhi distributed candies". It is not because we made a mistake.
Without losing their patience and decorum, they should redouble their efforts to build a "New India" by 2022, he said.
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Lampooning the Opposition parties, which are in the process of forming a broad front for the next year's parliamentary election, the party president said that whenever there is a massive flood, all snakes, mongooses, cats, dogs and even cheetahs and lions climb up a huge tree as they fear rising water levels.
When his attention was drawn to Modi's oft-repeated assertion that his party is working towards ushering in "Congress mukt Bharat", Shah clarified, "When we said Congress mukt Bharat, we did not mean that we wanted to eliminate the party from the country".
BJP president Amit Shah reiterated that the BJP's golden period will usher in only when it wins West Bengal and Odisha and retains power at the Centre in 2019.
Union shipping minister Nitin Gadkari, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president Raosaheb Danve-Patil and other top functionaries of the party will be present at the rally. "We want to use technology to bring good governance and development". They (opposition parties) are turning increasingly violent against the BJP. "We have failed to live up to the expectations of the people because of a handful of people". Modi also expressed his pride that the BJP has the most number of Dalits, Tribals and OBC representatives in India, both in the Parliament and in various state assemblies.