Amit Shah spoke to party workers in Rajasthan capital Jaipur.
BJP chief Amit Shah today expressed confidence that “despite anything”, the party will win the coming elections in Rajasthan, where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is seeking another term in power. “We won (in Uttar Pradesh) when Akhlaq happened and there was award wapsi… We will win despite anything,” the BJP chief said while addressing party workers in Jaipur – his second visit to the state in recent weeks.
The reference was to the mob killing of a 52-year-old man in Dadri by cow vigilantes a few months ahead of last year’s assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Despite huge protests by the opposition and the civil society, that included a return of awards by a section of intelligentsia, the BJP had swept the elections.
Mr Shah had expressed similar confidence at the party’s two-day national executive that ended yesterday. “No one will be able to eradicate the BJP for the next 50 years,” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had quoted him as saying after the meeting.
Rajasthan has witnessed a series of similar attacks, the last of which – the killing Rakbar Khan, a young man from Haryana — took place at Alwar in July.
In December last year, a man was burnt alive in Rajasamand on accusations of love jihad – a term used by rightwing groups who accuse Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships and converting them. The accused in the case, Shambhu Lal, had shot a video of the gruesome act, keeping up a communal rant.
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