BJP founder's day rally brings Mumbai to a grinding halt

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Blaming the government for the stalemate in Parliament, Mayawati said that "since so many serious cases have surfaced, the BJP is not in a position to face the charges and therefore, the houses were adjourned continuously". "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.

"Rahul baba and some others are saying that we are demolishing reservation for SCs and STs".

A BJP party office-bearer suffered a heart attack and died on board a special train ferrying workers from Mumbai after the party's 38th Foundation Day rally at BKC yesterday.

He went on to add, "Rahul and (NCP chief Sharad) Pawar, listen".

Reaching out to dalits, Shah asserted the BJP government will never abolish reservation system.

The Congress today accused BJP chief Amit Shah of dragging political discourse to a new low as it condemned his stinging remarks in which he equated opposition parties to "snakes, cats and dogs" for uniting against the BJP in next year's general elections.

Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place in the nation in 2019.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday credited party workers for taking the organisation to new heights. "Rahul Gandhi, you are questioning Narendra Modi over his four and half years of rule". READ MORE9:45 am: For the BJP, the Mumbai venue has an emotional connect, as its first convention after formation of the party was held in the Maharashtra capital in 1980 "The BJP intends to have one crore members in the state".

The BJP president was referring to the two seats the BJP lost in the recent Uttar Pradesh bypolls.

Responding to the statement by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad that the BJP was running away from discussing burning issues, Shah said he was ready for any debate on any issue, anywhere.

The public thinks the Congress' decades of rule was inefficient, Shah said.

In a bid to appropriate the legacy of Dalit icons, Shah announced elected representatives of the party have been directed to visit 20,000 villages in their respective constituencies and explain to the people the various pro-poor decisions of the government.

The BJP had chartered 28 trains, with 11 of them terminating on WR and 17 on Central Railway (CR), said officials.

However, commuters faced a tough time during the morning rush hour as party workers coming in for the rally by road contributed to massive traffic snarls.

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