BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said that the Lok Sabha elections will be a battle of two ideologies, claiming that his party stands for cultural nationalism and development of poor, while the rivals have come together merely for power.
In his inaugural address at the party’s convention at Ramlila Maidan, Shah said the opposition’s grand alliance, which he added has no policy and programme, did not have nationwide influence.
The BJP had defeated each of them in the 2014 general elections, he added.
Shah also said that the party is committed to the construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya. The party, he said, wants the Ram temple to be constructed at the earliest, but Congress is creating obstacles.
News18 quoted him as saying, “We are trying to expedite the case which is currently tabled in the Supreme Court.”
The party chief also said that there is no leader as popular as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shah said his party will win more Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh than it did in 2014. Then, the Bharatiya Janata Party had won 71 seats from the state which sends 80 Lok Sabha MPs to the lower house.
Top party leaders, including Modi, were present at the convention.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Shah said the Modi government has “fulfilled” the dreams of crores of youths with 10% reservation in jobs and education for the general category poor, and described the constitution amendment bill as one of the most important legislations passed by Parliament.
(With PTI inputs)