Bharatiya Janata Party  national president Amit Shah on Friday launched a scathing attack on Opposition parties by making stinging comments as he equated them to ‘snakes’, ‘mongoose’, ‘dogs’ and ‘cats’.

Amit Shah’s comment, at a rally in Mumbai on BJP’s Foundation Day, was a dig at the parties that are making efforts to form a coalition to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“The countdown for 2019 Lok Sabha elections has begun. All the opposition parties are continuously calling for unity to defeat the BJP. I had heard a tale that when a devastating flood comes, all the trees, plants, leaves, etc flow away and then all animals including snake, mongoose, dog, cat, Cheetah, Lion jumps on a single banyan tree because they all are scared of the water below the tree. Similarly, our PM has created fear within the opposition, which is now teaming up to fight the BJP in the election,” said Shah.

Addressing the gathering, Shah also said the Modi government would neither scrap the reservation policy nor allow anyone else to do so amid a raging controversy related to the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act following a Supreme Court ruling.

He also accused the Opposition of not allowing the Budget session of Parliament to function. The session concluded on Friday.

During his speech, he insisted that the Modi government had done a lot for all sections of the society and that the BJP will seek to win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on the basis of work done rather than by making “hollow assurances”.

“Rahul Gandhi and others are saying that we are demolishing reservation for SCs and STs. We are in no way demolishing the reservation (policy),” Shah said in his address on the occasion of the BJP’s 38th Foundation Day.

He went on to add, “Rahul and (NCP chief Sharad) Pawar, listen. BJP will never end the reservation policy. And even if you want to end the reservation, BJP will never allow it.”

The BJP president’s remarks came in the backdrop of the recent controversy and agitation after a Supreme Court ruling regarding the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which is seen by many as dilution of the law.

(With agency inputs)