NEW DELHI: Campaigning in Tamil Nadu, Union house minister Amit Shah on Saturday cornered the DMK and the Congress over ‘dynasty politics’ whereas pitching NDA leaders as folks from humble beginnings versus those that come from ‘political households’.
Seeking votes for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidates, Shah mentioned its high leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu chief minister Ok Palaniswami, had grown from humble beginnings whereas these in the Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (DMK) and Congress are from “dynasty.”
Addressing a rally in Tirunelveli, Shah alleged that the DMK president M Ok Stalin was anxious about making his son Udhayanidhi the chief minister of the state.
“Stalin sir’s anger and blood pressure go up whenever I make a mention of Udhayanidhi and he ends up saying something about someone,” Shah mentioned.
Addressing reporters in Chennai earlier than the rally, Shah had mentioned that solely the AIADMK-BJP alliance can defend Tamil Nadu’s fishermen, unemployed youth, girls and all these having religion in Tamil Nadu’s tradition.
Single-phase polling to 234 meeting seats in the state is scheduled for April 6.
Congress’ 4G & DMK’s 3G
Keeping up his assault of household and dynasty politics in opposition to the 2, Shah mentioned Congress was “4G” and DMK “3G”, referring to the technology of leaders from the respective first households in politics.
While the leaders of NDA, Modi and Palaniswami, began from humble beginnings, “on the other side is the DMK and Congress.”
“Congress’ fourth generation is running–4g– Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi (all late leaders) and now Rahul Gandhi,” he mentioned.
“The DMK party–its 3g party–third-generation– M Karunanidhi, after him Stalin and now Stalin is risking the entire future of Tamil Nadu by trying hard to make Udhayanidhi chief minister,” Shah mentioned.
The Maran household, Karunanidhi household and Gandhi household “are a dynasty, family parties whereas BJP and AIADMK are parties that elevate grassroots workers to the posts of PM and CM,” he added.
“People of Tamil Nadu should decide to go with whom– with those who care for them or those who want their son to become chief minister,” he mentioned.
‘Making remarks about deceased not Tamil tradition’
Taking exception to some alleged controversial remarks made by Udhayanidhi in opposition to late BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Shah mentioned “probably Stalin forgot” the Tamil tradition of not making such statements in opposition to deceased folks.
He charged the DMK leaders in the previous with making such remarks in opposition to the “great son of Tamil Nadu,” late chief minister and Congress stalwart Ok Kamaraj, credited with ushering in instructional reforms in the state.
Taking on DMK chief A Raja, with out naming him, Shah mentioned “breaking all traditions, they made such remarks against the demised mother of chief minister Palaniswami. DMK should be ashamed of all of these.”
Raja had earlier courted controversy for making alleged disparaging remarks in opposition to Palaniswami’s mom throughout an election rally, drawing criticism.
Taking observe of a criticism from the ruling AIADMK, the Election Commission had on Thursday barred Raja from campaigning for 48 hours and in addition eliminated him from his get together’s listing of star campaigners for the April 6 Assembly polls.
On the bull-taming sport jallikattu, Shah mentioned the Modi authorities had earlier allowed its resumption following a ban and expressed fears that Congress and DMK might cease if they’re voted to energy.
Recalling the state Congress’ 2016 ballot manifesto that batted for ending the game, Shah mentioned “prince Rahul decided to ban it.”
“Only AIADMK, BJP and PMK can ensure the all-round development of Tamil Nadu, not the corrupt DMK and Congress,” he mentioned.
(With inputs from PTI)