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Shah sounds poll bugle, says 2019 will be a 'battle of ideologies'

January 11, 2019 17:26

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Friday said the Modi government has 'fulfilled' the dreams of crores of youths with 10 per cent 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.

Shad hailed the legislation in his inaugural address at the BJP's national convention, which started in New Delhi on Friday at Ramlila Maidan.

This is one of the most important legislations Parliament has passed, he said.

With top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, present at the dais and close to 12,000 delegates present, Shah also hailed the GST Council's decision to double the limit for exemption from payment of goods and services tax (GST) to Rs 40 lakh.

The Modi government has taken two big decisions in a week, Shah said.

In a 'massive relief' to small businesses, the GST Council on Thursday doubled the limit for exemption from payment of GST to Rs 40 lakh and announced that the higher turnover cap of Rs 1.5 crore for availing composition scheme of paying 1 per cent tax will be effective from April 1.

The BJP president said that the Lok Sabha polls are a battle of two ideologies.

The BJP stands for cultural nationalism, poor, while rivals together merely for power, he said.

Hitting on Opposition's grand alliance, Shah said it has no nationwide influence.

We defeated all of them in 2014. Opposition's alliance an acknowledgment of our strength, PM Narendra Modi is now the nucleus of politics like the Congress once was, Shah said.

The BJP chief also claimed that in Uttar Pradesh, his party will win more Lok Sabha seats than it did in 2014.  -- PTI

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