In a fresh attack on the Opposition bloc against the BJP, Union Home and Cooperation Minster Amit Shah on Sunday dismissed INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) as “old wine in (an) old bottle”. His sharp remarks came as he attended events related to development projects in Gandhinagar, his Lok Sabha constituency, in Mansa and Sardhhav towns.
“Recently, they (opposition parties) brought a no-confidence motion. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi saheb slammed them so much that they did not even listen to him. Under the UPA (United Progressive Alliance), led by the Congress, corruption worth Rs 12 lakh crore took place. Now, they have changed the name. But you remember them as UPA only. When does one need to change the name? When a company becomes weak and goes bankrupt… it needs to change its name. Isn’t it?” Amit Shah said as he lashed out at Congress.
Shah who delivered his speech in Gujarati said, “Emne Rs 12 lakh crore na gotala karya, bhrashtachar karya. Vote kon ape bolo?…Etle naam badaline avya chhe. Ek kahevat hati, ‘nai bottle me purani sharab’…Pan aama to bottle pan juni chhe ne sharab pan juni chhe.
Etle chhetrata nahi. (They were involved in scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore. Now, who votes for them?…so, they have come with a changed name. There is a saying — ‘Old wine in a new bottle.’…But here the bottle is also old and the wine is also old. So, don’t get cheated).” Referring to the Lok Sabha elections next year, Shah said the people of India have full confidence in PM Modi and the BJP is going to form a full majority government under the leadership of Modi.
During the Congress rule, he further stressed, India was not even among the top 10 global economic powers. “In nine years, Modi saheb has got the Indian economy among the five largest economies in the world. And he has resolved to bring India on the third spot in the next two years,” he said.Among the various projects for which Shah laid the foundation stone includes a regional centre of National Security Guards (NSG) at Lekawada near Gandhinagar. So far, Shah said, there are four regional centres of NSG in the country in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.