KARNAL: With the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections on the horizon in Haryana, Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a fervent call to action on Thursday, asserting that the combined leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the state will propel India and Haryana into a brighter future.
Addressing a massive gathering at the Antyodaya Mahasammelan in Karnal, the hometown of Chief Minister Khattar, commemorating nine years of the BJP's rule in the state, Amit Shah highlighted the dedication and efforts of both BJP-led governments. He remarked, "The Narendra Modi-led government at the national level and the administration of Manohar Lal Khattar in the state have spared no effort in propelling the nation and the state towards progress."
For those in the opposition, Shah had a clear message, stating, "To the Congress, I say, if you wish to comprehend the principles of development, look no further than the accomplishments of PM Modi and CM Khattar."
During his approximately 25-minute speech, Amit Shah introduced five state public welfare initiatives, including the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana. He commented on the long-awaited construction of the Ram Temple, saying, "For years, the nation had yearned, requested, and prayed for the grand Ram Temple... The Congress impeded the construction of the Ram Temple for years following Independence. The people re-elected PM Modi, and he conducted the 'bhumi pujan' ceremony, with the 'pran pratishtha' (consecration ceremony) set for January 22, 2024. I encourage all of you to take advantage of this Tirth Yojana and pay your respects to Ram Lalla."
The other unveiled schemes included an increase in the social security pension from Rs 2,750 to Rs 3,000 per month, starting from January 1, 2024.
Shah did not mince words when addressing the main opposition party, remarking, "The Congress is a party associated with cuts, commissions, and corruption."
He challenged the state Congress leader, Bhupinder Hooda, asking, "Can he witness the developmental strides of the past nine years, or do his eyes remain closed?"
Criticizing the INDIA alliance, Shah stated that they had joined forces to serve their own interests.
The Union Minister also inaugurated the Ayushman Bharat Chirayu Yojana during the Antyodaya Mahasammelan, which he dedicated to the nine-year anniversary of the double-engine government focused on good governance and the welfare of the underprivileged.
As a gesture to engage the public, postcards bearing the Chief Minister's contact information were distributed to attendees, encouraging direct communication.
As Amit Shah concluded his speech and prepared to leave the stage, a physically challenged man among the audience hurled a shoe towards the platform, but it fell short due to the distance from the stage. The police promptly apprehended the shoe thrower, identified as Ravindra Singh, a resident of Kurukshetra, who claimed his pension had been discontinued without explanation.