Salient points of Bharitya Janta Party National President Amit Shah’s
Press conference in Ernakulam, Kerala
BJP President Amit Shah addressed a press conference in Ernakulam in Kerala, where he called upon the people of Kerala to join hands with the party to end the misrule of Congress and the Left.
Shah observed the economy of Kerala is going through a tough patch. The misrule of the state by Congress and the Left parties have resulted in highly unprecendented levels of unemployment.
Shah said, in 2000-01 the per capita income in Gujarat was 17,227 rupees, while Kerala’s was 19,809 rupees. At that time Kerala’s per capita income exceeded Gujarat’s by 2,582 rupees. However, at a time when Gujarat decided to take to the path of development, Kerala started trailing. And this is precisely why in 2012-13, while Gujarat’s per capita income has risen to 61,220 rupees, Kerala’s stands at 56,115 rupees. That makes Gujarat ahead of Kerala by about 5,000 rupees.
Shah said that under the 11th Five Year Plan, while Gujarat grew at 9.34%, Kerala grew at a mere 7.67%.
Shah said that as with West Bengal, Kerala too is neck deep in debt. In Kerala, it stands at 30% of the GDP, which is over and above other states of India.
Shah said, the youth of Kerala are forced to leave their homes in search of job overseas. For Kerala has the highest unemployment rates among India’s largest states. Well, it like what Congress or other supported states have in India... Unemployment. As per an NSO survey, in the year 2011-12, the unemployment rate in Kerala was 9.8%, while in BJP ruled Gujrarat it was 0.7%, and in Madhya Pradesh it was 1%, which is the lowest in India.
Shah said, the NDA government announced an IIT for the first Union Budget in Kerala.
Shah Said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the NDA government managed to get all the nurses back from Iraq ... We also managed to get nurses from Libya.
Shri Shah said that the Left and the Congress in Kerala has been promoted the radical elements in the name of appeasement of minorities.
Mr. Shah said, after Modi tsunami in Lok Sabha elections -2014, Congress Party have vanished from the map of 19 States and Union Territories.. The very existence of the Left in India is on the verge of disappear from the electoral map.
Shri Shah said in the Lok Sabha elections -2014, BJP in Kerala got 18,56,796 votes. Every tenth voter IN THE State voted for the BJP. This fact shows that the people of Kerala are fed up by the misrule of the Congress and Left Front. Kerala people want change.
Shri Shah said that the BJP is the country's largest party. In Lok Sabha elections-2014, BJP may not be able to open its account in Kerala but it is the third largest party in term of votes. BJP has got more votes than Communist Party of India. BJP got more than 10 percent of the votes, while CPI got only 7.6 percent votes in Lok Sabha election.
Shri Shah said that the whole of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari get into the spirit of good governance and development.
Referring to the achievements of the government in the last six months, Shri Shah said in the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Indian economy is moving in the path of high growth rate from Slow down. In the first half of Financial Year 2014-15 (April-September) GDP growth rate increased to 5.5 percent, while in the tenure of Congress-led UPA government growth rate in the first half Year 20l3-l4 was only 4.9 percent.
Shri Shah said that the objective of NDA government is – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. With the welfare policies of theNDA record decline in inflation in the past six months. Wholesale inflation is on a five-year lowest level. Inflation based Wholesale Price Index (WPI) fell to zero per cent in November 2014. While in the tenure of UPA government it was 7.52 per cent in November 2013 and 6.18 per cent in May 2014. Similarly, in November 2014 Consumer Price index come down to 4.38 per cent while at the time of Congress led UPA government it was 11.16 in November 2013 and 8.28 percent in May 2014. Shri Shah said that the with the decline in inflation, Petrol and diesel has become cheaper and all sections of society including farmers in villages are relieved. Low inflation has eased the debt and create a favorable environment for investment.
Shri Shah said that the government gave great relief to the working middle class after increasing the tax exemption limit to Rs two lakh and from Rs two lakh fifty thousand to three lakhs for senior citizens. Similarly, for giving fair price to farmers for their Rabi and Kharif crops minimum support price was increased.
Making reference of the steps taken in the direction of pending economic reforms, Shri Shah said, government has taken the important decisions regarding de regulation of diesel prices fixing the price of LPG. Also eased the norms of foreign investment in rail, defence and the construction sector. Government is moving forward for the passing of important bills like insurance and GST.
Shri Shah said that the government has introduced Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna introduced under which the country has opened eight million bank accounts. With the help of this scheme financial inclusion of poors and they can get rid of moneylenders. The target of the scheme is to open the account of every family.
Shri Shah said, to generate employment opportunities for the youth and to accelerate industrial growth Government has launched the campaign ‘make in India’. Also, the government has also launched Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shramev jayate program. Universal number for PF that helps employees to operate their PF account from anywhere. Unclaimed Rs. 27,000 lying withEmployees provident fund organisation will be spent for the benefit of the workers.
Shri Shah said to provide basic services to the people, the government has approvd the Rs 43,000 crore for Deen Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna. Further comprehensive reforms in the power sector has been done.
Shri Shah said that the government has started the process to develop 100 new a world-class smart cities and Rs 7,060 crore has been allocated in general budget. Government has also launched a Swachh Bharat campaign to ensure clean India. It has established a Swachh Bharat Kosh.
Mr Shah said that Modi government has established good governance to remove the Policy Paralysis of UPA government. Governmental decision-making process has become fast. Group of ministers created at the time of UPA government is abolished. http://attendance.gov.in/ is starteds for the attendance of government employees so that all employees reach on time. In addition, it has been decided to celebrate former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday on December 25 as a day of good governance.
Shri Shah said that India is changing its perception in the eyes of the world. India is being praised in countries where Shri Modii is travelling. NDA government has taken steps in WTO to protect the interests of farmers and the poor in the developing countries, India has managed for their conviction.
While talking about the measures taken by the government to stop black money and corruption, Shri Shah said that on May 27, the next day of coming to power NDA constituted the special investigation team for the investigation of black money. In addition, the Finance Ministry had sent a special team to Switzerland and after the Government of Switzerland has agreed to cooperate with India. Digital India program has been initiated to bring transparency. Recently according to Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions index 2014, India is ranked 85 which was 95 in the previous year. That is why in such a short period of six months India has improved the credibility under the leadership of Shri Modi.
Shri Shah said the United Nations on June 21, declared the International Yoga Day. For India, it is glorious and unprecedented achievement and full credit goes to Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Modi while addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time on September 27, 2014, has proposed for the declaration of International Day for Yoga. With the three months efforts of Modi’s led government UN declared the International Yoga Day. The most important fact is that India's proposal for the international Yoga Day was endorsed by more than 170 countries. This unprecedented achievement is an honour for 125 crores of Indians.