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Roadshow of Shah echoes with sounds of ‘Hindu nationalism’

High on nationalism, the workers and supporters of BJP in the roadshow that Amit Shah led also congratulated the Narendra Modi government for doing away with Article 370 and paving the way for the Ayodhya Ram temple

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In tune with the BJP’s strategy to make nationalism the electoral plank for Delhi, party president Amit Shah‘s roadshow today saw supporters mocking at leftists with a spin-off of JNU activists’ pet slogan “le ke rahenge āzādī” (we will seize freedom from you), which went “hum de ke rahenge āzādī” (come and see what freedom awaits you).

At Shah’s roadshow in the Ghonda assembly constituency of Delhi on Sunday, another slogan that reverberated in the environment were “desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro s**lon ko” (shoot the traitors of the country).

This did not go down well with Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari who reacted to the slogans, saying, “BJP does not support such slogans.” Tiwari said that his party was contesting in the election of Delhi on the issue of quality of drinking water and cleaning of the Yamuna. Then he added, “But if someone tries to create a Shaheen Bagh, we will answer with a CAA (the amended citizenship act).”

Add to the above “Jai Sri Ram”, and you get what the media in the West gets spooked by ⚊ “Hindu nationalism”. As the roadshow passed through the lanes of Ghonda, the followers also chanted “Jai Sri Ram” and “Modi… Modi”. And how! Tiwari said through the loudspeaker, “370 hatāne wāle Amit Shah ko Jai Sri Rām, teen talaq hatāne wāle Amit Shah ko Jai Sri Ram, Ram mandir banwāne wāle Amit Shah ko Jai Sri Ram!”

The speakers at the roadshow congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Shah for doing away with Article 370 and securing a favourable judgment for Ram temple in Ayodhya.

The procession moved at a snail’s pace as thousands of people thronged to the route it took through the constituency.

BJP has nominated Ajay Mahawat for the Ghonda assembly. Shah and Tiwari led the roadshow to campaign for him. During the roadshow, Tiwari said, “Today the whole country has risen in support of the CAA.”

Shah is doing another roadshow at 6 PM at Rohtas Nagar and a third at 7 pm at Babarpur. The assembly election in Delhi will be held on 8 February. The results are due on 11 February. Delhi will witness a tricorner contest between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC).

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