Multiple issues, including the recent Dalit agitation, have pushed the BJP on to the back foot, and both leaders sought to underscore that the party stood for the poor and the marginalised, recounting the various schemes that the government runs for the poor. The nomination deadline is April 9.
The BJP had been treated as an "untouchable" party by others when it was founded in 1980 but it has become strong due to people's faith in it.
"The opposition parties are coming together despite having different ideologies".
Modi said, "Times have not changed and now it is for everyone to see where the BJP is and where those who treated the BJP shabbily are". Only a 'vatvriksha (banyan tree) survives and snakes, mongoose, dogs, cats and other animals climb to save themselves from the rising waters.
"We should take a pledge to ensure a BJP win in the 2019 elections and in Assembly elections in Odisha and West Bengal and later even return to power (Chief Minister) Devendra Fadnavis' government in Maharashtra". We have failed to live up to the expectations of the people because of a handful of people, " he said while blaming the Congress for the wasted session of Parliament.
Targeting Gandhi and his party, Shah said it was four generations of the Congress that need to give explanations to the country.
On Wednesday, Kumar said that Members of Parliament of the BJP-NDA alliance parties will not claim their salaries and allowance for 23 days as the parliament has not been functioning. BJP chief Amit Shah encouraged party cadres in Mumbai. It is not because we made a mistake.
He also stressed on the need for all MPs to organize events to mark the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, a Dalit icon, on April 14, asserting that it is mandatory for them to do so, sources said. "He told us that we have to utilise the policies and programmes of the Centre and state governments to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots", said a BJP legislator here. He must have given some injection that is why now Rahul Baba is daring to ask about four-and-half years of Modi government. We are not scared of discussing anything.
Reshma from Mumbai wanted to know about the usage of technology, to which the Prime Minister said, "Life without technology is a life incomplete and we must keep using technology for a better future".
"In the BJP there are no divisions, no dynasty politics and no I versus you". The BJP chief said it was due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fear that the opposition parties are teaming up. "Today, there is nothing else but "lotus" in all corners of the country", Shah said. BJP has lost most number of workers in this country.