BJP party president Amit Shah launched an utterly blistering attack at the Congress party, "Rahul Baba" (Rahul Gandhi), and other political opponents while addressing a massive rally in Mumbai on Friday on the occasion of the BJP's 38th Foundation Day.
Declaring that the countdown to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections has begun, Amit Shah extolled the rise of the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership:
"We have a mandate in Parliament. In 20 states we have NDA-led government", Shah said, adding, "We aren't here to enjoy the luxury. We are here to serve the people".
He then took on the Congress party, referring to Rahul Gandhi on multiple occasions as "Rahul Baba":
"I have heard Rahul Baba. Nowadays he's sitting with Sharad Pawar. He's asking what Modi government did in 4 years. But people of this country are asking what you did in last 4 decades."
"Rahul Baba, you're asking us about farmers' issues. But I am asking 'did you resolve farmer issues during your tenure?'"
Shah questioned the Opposition over disruptions in Parliament:
"Opposition didn't let Parliament run wisely during Budget session."
"We are ready to face every debate. We don't have anything to hide."
Finally, he addressed the matter of Opposition parties coming together for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections:
"The countdown to 2019 has begun. The whole opposition says to come together. I had heard a story once: When a flood comes, everything, plants, trees, everything flow away. But one Banyan tree survives. The snake climbs aboard it, the mongoose climbs aboard it, dog climbs aboard it, tiger climbs aboard it, cheetah climbs aboard it... All of them climb aboard because they're scared of the water below.
Modiji's flood has scared snake, mongoose, dog, cat, all of them to come together and fight elections."