"They (Sena) are in the government with us now, and it is our strong desire that they remain with us", Shah said. They (opposition parties) are turning increasingly violent against the BJP. We are privileged to receive the blessings of people of all age groups, across all sections of society. "This is a thing of joy for the party", he added.
BJP leaders were nearly forced out in 1980 and it was a case of political untouchability, he said.
He said the countdown to the Lok Sabha elections had begun and called upon all activists to fan out to each village to highlight the Modi government's achievements. Mr Shah, while speaking to the media after a rally to mark the BJP's 38th foundation day, also said, "I maintain that the Karnataka government's move to give Lingayats a separate religion status is a move to divide the Hindus". "During a flood, all the rats, dogs, cheetah, mongoose and cats climb on board a floating log to save themselves from the flood".
Shah also claimed that Modi was the most popular leader in the world and said the 2019 general election will not be fought over Modi's persona, but on his work as the prime minister.
"Ever since Independence, nobody but Narendra Modi has done so", the BJP chief said. "We are not afraid of debate because we have nothing to hide", said Shah challenging Azad. "The people want to know". In a tweet message he said that he bows to all BJP Karyakartas on the special occasion of the Party's Sthapana Diwas. It has one voice, one slogan and one commitment - to make the country a super power.
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"We believe that we are once again going to form the government with overwhelming majority in 2019", he said.
"Rahul Baba, we want to ask you - What did your party do when it was in power for four generations?" The Opposition said my office has incurred quite bit of expenditure on serving tea to people coming to me. "BJP particularly sensitive to aspirations of poor and marginalized", said the PM.
"The BJP bashing has been a part of India's politics - be it Nehruji or Indiraji or leftists".
Communist Party of India leader D Raja said the remarks were not becoming of a parliamentarian. Even after winning 272, we took all our allies along with us and formed the Government.
The party released a statement saying, "Peace and harmony has been embodied in the soul of this country and the responsibility to uphold it lies with the Congress".
Criticising Shah for questioning the contribution of the Nehru-Gandhi family to the nation, Chavan said that Nehru was imprisoned several times during the freedom struggle while Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi laid down their lives to uphold the sovereignty of the nation.