BHUBANESWAR: Ahead of BJP president Amit Shah's visit to the state, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asserted that the target set by the former for winning over 120 seats in the next Assembly election will be achieved.
"Amit Shah's target will surely be fulfilled as condition of education, health, law and order has deteriorated in the state. People here will definitely support BJP," said Irani while responding to a query on the ambitious target of the party chief. On a day's visit to the State, which is part of BJP's campaign against the Congress for imposing Emergency on this day 43 years ago, the Union Minister said the main reason for imposing the draconian law was the hunger for power of one family.
As the BJP is observing June 25 as a 'black day' to protest Emergency imposed by the then prime minister Indra Gandhi, Irani said she has come here to pay her tribute to the people who have fought valiantly to save democracy."I have come here to pay my respect to veteran freedom fighters like Harkrishan Mahatab, Nabakrushna Choudhury and Biju Patnaik who fought Emergency to save the country and its people from Congress tyranny and oppression," Irani said.
"There are so many who fought for the country and have never been recognised for their hard work and dedication. Today it's their day and it's because of them we are proudly living in a free democratic country," she added.
Irani said around 900 satyagrahis and 300 MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act ) victims from Odisha were put behind bars for opposing the controversial law imposed in 1975. The BJP is duty bound to keep democracy safe and honour those who had sacrificed everything to protect the freedom of the people of the country.
Responding on Congress president Rahul Gandhi's tweet ridiculing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to keep his promise for converting Ispat General Hospital to a super specialty hospital cum medical college, Irani said, "It is ironical that nothing happened in Amethi (Rahul's constituency) during UPA rule."On state government's refusal to implement Ayushman Bharat, the largest health care scheme of the Modi government, the Union Minister said, "I hope the state government in close coordination with the Centre should ensure that the health insurance scheme is properly implemented at the grassroots so that people will be benefited."