Shinde: BJP orchestrates riots, Congress pro-Dalit

Sushilkumar Shinde

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Sunday termed the BJP as a "party which orchestrates riots" and ridiculed it for having "too many prime ministerial candidates".

"The BJP and Shiv Sena once came into power in Maharashtra. However, whenever they have come into power, they have orchestrated riots. People of Maharashtra realised this and taught them a lesson in 2004 by throwing them out of power," Shinde said while addressing an election meeting in Akota area of the city.

Shinde said that the Congress was the party which took care of the poor and the minorities. "I am a Dalit and the Congress has made me a minister. Similarly, the Congress has made a person whose name is (Syed) Ibrahim the chief of IB (Intelligence Bureau)," he said.

Taking pot shot at Chief Minister Narendra Modi, he said, "They (Modi and the BJP) talk of better law and order. However, 13 lakh cases have been registered in the last 10 years. Children who go missing are not returning. Poor women who go missing are not found. I am the Home Minister and I get all the intelligence report."

With reference to Modi's use of 3D technology for campaigning, Shinde warned the CM of facing a fate like Telugu Desam party chief N Chandrababu Naidu.

"Chandrababu made tall claims that he had taken Andhra Pradesh forward through technology. However, the phenomenon had remained limited to one city. In 2004 elections, farmers and Dalits of the state taught him a lesson and voted Y S Rajasekhara Reddy (of the Congress) to power)."

Shinde claimed that when the Congress was ousted in 1995, there were 2.15 lakh government employees in Gujarat but the figure now stood at 1.84 lakh. "Today, 10 lakh youth of the state are seeking jobs but are not getting them," he said.

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