Indian General Elections

FULL INTERVIEW: BJP Chief Amit Shah Predicts Massive 'Modi Wave' In 2019 Lok Sabha Polls In The Biggest Mid-election Interview With Arnab Goswami

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday spoke to Republic Bharat's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami during an exclusive interview
  • In a free-wheeling chat, Shah spoke about several issues pertaining to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday spoke to Republic Bharat's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami during an exclusive interview. In a free-wheeling chat, Shah spoke about several issues pertaining to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections including party fielding Sadhvi Pragya, BJP's poll agenda, party's chances in West Bengal and UP, Modi wave in 2019 and a lot more.

About the BJP's poll agenda, he said that it is based on national security, development, economy, strengthening the economy and democracy, and making India a global superpower.

"As far as Bhartiya Janta Party is concerned, we are very clear with our election issues. First, we want to fight election on the grounds of national security, second, we want to fight election on the ground of bringing development to the lives of 500 million people of this country, third, we have bought the financial condition of the country on the right track and now we want to push it ahead at a great speed to bring our economy in the top 5 economies of the world, fourth, we want to make our country the most glorious of all in the world, fifth, we want to see India as a superpower in the world and sixth, we want to strengthen the democracy in this country and that can be only done by a party which itself is internally democratic, the party which is not dynastic in nature, a party which is not run just by a single family, only that party can strengthen the democracy of this country. We are fighting the election on these six issues and if all of these issues are to be summed up, then the leadership which can take these issues which can take the country ahead on these 6 important issues, that kind leadership Bhartiya Janta Party has today, Shri Narendra Modi. In these five year Bhartiya Janta Party has worked on these six issues, we want to extend this and as we see the end of 75th year of our independence, a glorious Indian should stand tall in front of the world, a brighter India stands in front of the world, with that vision we are fighting the election this time," 

He also predicted a humongous victory for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"In 2014, people were fed up of the Congress' rule and hence voted for Modi. Today, because of the 5-year rule of Narendra Modi, people are hopeful that he will make India a superpower. I believe the opposition lacks leadership. There is no leader, no policy, no agenda. They have launched a campaign only to gain power. I can see the impact of these two election campaigns on the people of this country. On the basis of this, I announce that BJP will win more than 282 seats and NDA will win more than 320 seats. Our NDA alliance will get more than 320 seats and Narendra Modi will become the prime minister of India again, for the next five years." 

WATCH: BJP Chief Amit Shah Explains His Prediction Of Massive Victory Of "282 Seats For Party, 320 Seats For NDA"

Here's the full text of the interview:

ARNAB GOSWAMI: MR. AMIT SHAH THANKS FOR HAVING A CONVERSATION TODAY WITH REPUBLIC BHARAT, REPUBLIC TV AND REPUBLIC MEDIA NETWORK. YOU HAVE A VERY BUSY SCHEDULE. YOU STARTED YOU DAY WITH GANDHINAGAR AND ENDED WITH VARANASI TODAY. FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU, THIS IS YOUR FIRST GENERAL ELECTION, AND WHEN YOU FIRST FILLED YOU NOMINATION FORM IN GANDHINAGAR AND AFTER THAT PEOPLE VOTED TODAY, SO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOOD OF GANDHINAGAR? WHAT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE SAYS ABOUT GANDHINAGAR IN THIS GENERAL ELECTION? 

AMIT SHAH: SEE, AS YOU SAID RIGHTLY, THAT THIS IS MY FIRST GENERAL ELECTION BUT, FROM THIS SEAT ONLY SEVERAL TIME I HAVE BEEN AN MLA, 5 TIMES I HAVE BEEN ELECTED FROM THE SAME SEAT ONLY. I HAVE BEEN AN MLA FOR 20 YEARS FROM 80% PART OF THE GANDHINAGAR CONSTITUENCY. SO, IT IS NOT A NEW THING FOR ME. ALSO, IN GANDHINAGAR THE CANDIDATE DOESN'T MATTER. GANDHINAGAR IS A STRONGHOLD OF BJP AND THE PEOPLE OF GANDHINAGAR LOVE BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY AND STAND WITH THE PARTY TO FACE EVERY CHALLENGE. SO, I HAVE FULL FAITH THAT BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY WILL WIN WITH A HUGE MARGIN IN GANDHINAGAR. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: RIGHT NOW, WE ARE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ELECTION MR. AMIT SHAH, SO PEOPLE CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANT ISSUES ON BOTH THE SIDES, WHICH IS MAIN ISSUE? FOR YOU NATIONAL SECURITY HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT ISSUE AND FOR RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS AND OTHER OPPOSITION PARTIES ONLY CHOWKIDAR CHOR HAI IS THE IMPORTANT ISSUE EVERY TIME. SUPREME COURT SENT A CONTEMPT NOTICE TO RAHUL GANDHI, BUT HIS PARTY HAS SAID THAT STILL HE WILL USE THE SLOGAN CHOWKIDAR CHOR HAI. SO, WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THIS? ON ONE HAND HE IS APOLOGIZING FOR IT AND ON THE OTHER HAND HE IS CONTINUING WITH THE SAME RHETORIC. 

AMIT SHAH: SEE, AS FAR AS BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY IS CONCERNED, WE ARE VERY CLEAR WITH OUR ELECTION ISSUES. FIRST, WE WANT TO FIGHT ELECTION ON THE GROUNDS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, SECOND, WE WANT TO FIGHT ELECTION ON THE GROUND OF BRINGING DEVELOPMENT TO THE LIVES OF 500 MILLION PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, THIRD, WE HAVE BOUGHT THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND NOW WE WANT TO PUSH IT AHEAD AT A GREAT SPEED TO BRING OUR ECONOMY IN THE TOP 5 ECONOMIES OF THE WORLD, FORTH, WE WANT MAKE OUR COUNTRY THE MOST GLORIOUS OF ALL IN THE WORLD, FIFTH, WE WANT TO SEE INDIA AS A SUPERPOWER IN THE WORLD AND SIXTH, WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN THE DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT CAN BE ONLY DONE BY A PARTY WHICH ITSELF IS INTERNALLY DEMOCRATIC, THE PARTY WHICH IS NOT DYNASTIC IN NATURE, A PARTY WHICH IS NOT RUN JUST BY A SINGLE FAMILY, ONLY THAT PARTY CAN STRENGTHEN THE DEMOCRACY OF THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE FIGHTING ELECTION ON THESE SIX ISSUES AND IF ALL OF THESE ISSUES ARE TO BE SUMMED UP, THEN THE LEADERSHIP WHICH CAN TAKE THESE ISSUES WHICH CAN TAKE COUNTRY AHEAD ON THESE 6 IMPORTANT ISSUES, THAT KIND LEADERSHIP BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY HAS TODAY, SHRI NARENDRA MODI. IN THESE FIVE YEAR BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY HAS WORKED ON THESE SIX ISSUES, WE WANT TO EXTEND THIS AND AS WE SEE THE END OF 75TH YEAR OF OUR INDEPENDENCE, A GLORIOUS INDIAN SHOULD STAND TALL IN FRONT OF THE WORLD, A BRIGHTER INDIA STANDS IN FRONT OF THE WORLD, WITH THAT VISION WE ARE FIGHTING THE ELECTION THIS TIME.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THESE SIX ISSUES, WHICH SHOULD BE IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR ANY ELECTION, THERE IS NOT DEBATE ON THESE MATTERS. THE QUESTION FOR YOU IS THAT, THE KIND OF PERSONAL COMMENTS ARE MADE IN THESE ELECTIONS, THE KIND OF PROPAGANDA, IT SEEMS LIKE OPPOSITION HAS COME TOGETHER AGAINST YOU AND MR. NARENDRA MODI. I WILL GIVE GIVE YOU A FEW INSTANCES, WHETHER IT IS CALLING HITLER OR CALLING DURYODHAN OR DUSHASANA TO NARENDRA MODI AND AMIT SHAH. HAS THIS ELECTION NOT BECOME A PERSONAL FIGHT FOR THE OPPOSITION PARTY AGAINST NARENDRA MODI AND AMIT SHAH? 

AMIT SHAH: SEE, I WON'T AGREE THAT THE ELECTION IS NOT GOING ON THE GROUNDS OF SIX ISSUES LISTED BY ME, MEDIA MIGHT DEBATE ON IT BUT, WE GO TO CAMPAIGN, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LISTEN TO US, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LISTEN TO MODIJI'S SPEECH, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LISTEN TO OUR LEADERS, AT MANY PLACES WE GIVE INTERVIEWS, JUST LIKE I TOLD YOU THE ISSUES, PEOPLE WILL WATCH THIS, SO PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO THIS AND EVEN CONSIDERING IT AS WELL AND PEOPLE ARE ALSO ACCEPTING THIS MAKING A MINDSET TOWARDS VOTING. SO, THESE 6 ISSUES ARE GROUND FOR THE ELECTION, AS FAR AS OPPOSITION IS CONCERNED, THEY LACK ON IMPORTANT ISSUES AND THAT IS WHY THEY ARE MAKING AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE ELECTION ON A DIFFERENT TRACK BY INDULGING IN PERSONAL COMMENTS. I DON'T AGREE THAT THE ELECTION IS GOING ON A DIFFERENT TRACK. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: AMIT SHAH JI, IF WE LOOK AT YOUR POLITICAL CAREER, IF WE LOOK AT YOUR POLITICAL ANALYSIS, BUT FIRSTLY, ALL OUR VIEWERS KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION FOR YOU AND YOUR PARTY. ESPECIALLY FOR YOU AS YOU'RE LEADING THE ELECTION AS THE PRESIDENT OF BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY. PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY ONE THING ABOUT AMIT SHAH, THAT HIS MAGIC WON'T WORK THIS TIME, THIS TIME IT WILL NOT WORK, AND PEOPLE SAY THAT IN UTTAR PRADESH, AMIT SHAH WILL NOT SUCCEED. SO IN UTTAR PRADESH, AND BECAUSE WE ARE DOING THIS INTERVIEW IN VARANASI, I WANT TO DISCUSS IN DETAIL..

AMIT SHAH: FIRST, LET ME GET THIS CLEAR THAT I WILL SUCCEED IN UTTAR PRADESH OR NOT, IS BECAUSE I AM NEITHER A HEAD NOR CHIEF MINISTER. HERE WE HAVE A GOOD ARRANGEMENT. I HAVE VISITED ALL CENTRES OF UTTAR PRADESH, I AM IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH  BJP WORKERS, I HAVE GOOD INTERACTION WITH UTTAR PRADESH'S PEOPLE AND AFTER VISITING ALL AREAS IN UTTAR PRADESH I CAN SAY THAT OUR POSITION HERE WILL NOT GET DILUTED. ARNAB JI KEEP ONE THING IN MIND THAT THOSE DAYS ARE GONE WHEN TWO POLITICIANS USED TO FINALISE ISSUES IN THEIR DRAWING ROOMS AND MAKE VOTEBANKS IN THEIR FAVOUR. NOW VOTEBANKS ARE NOT BONDED LABOURERS OF POLITICIANS. NOW VOTERS CAN THINK. THE GOVERNMENTS HAVE OPERATED IN UTTAR PRADESH ON THE BASIS OF CASTES, ONE PARTY WILL COME AND WORK FOR ONE PARTICULAR CASTE, ANOTHER PARTY WILL COME AND WORK FOR ONE PARTICULAR CASTE AND WILL LEAVE THE SOCIETY IN ONE CORNER.  ON THE OTHER HAND, OUR PARTY IN UTTAR PRADESH, THE NARENDRA MODI GOVERNMENT AND YOGI GOVERNMENT HAVE WORKED ONLY FOR DEVELOPMENT IRRESPECTIVE OF THE CASTE AND COMMUNITY, AND BY TAKING EVERYBODY TOGETHER, DEVELOPMENT HAS REACHED AT THE GROUND LEVEL TOO. THE EFFECT OF THIS WILL BE SEEN.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: BUT SEE, THE DRAWING ROOM ANECDOTE THAT YOU MENTIONED, TODAY, IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, WHEREVER YOU'LL GO, IN ANY DRAWING ROOM, IN ANY DINING ROOM OR JUST TWO PEOPLE IN A COFFEE SHOP, AMIT SHAH JI THERE IS ONLY ONE TOPIC DISCUSSED THAT HOW WILL THE BJP FARE IN UTTAR PRADESH AND THE WHAT WILL THE NATIONAL IMAGE IN THE COUNTRY BE, THESE ARE THE GENERIC TALKS. SEE MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A JOURNALIST IS TO PUT FORWARD WHAT PEOPLE SAY. I DON'T TALK VERY ACADEMIC, I TALK VERY SIMPLE. SO, PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY WILL GAIN IN ODISHA, COMMON KNOWLEDGE, WILL MAINTAIN IN ASSAM, WILL GAIN IN NORTHEAST, MIGHT GAIN IN BENGAL AS WELL. HOWEVER, THEIR GAINS WILL BE COMPENSATED BECAUSE IN U.P THEIR 20-30 SEATS WILL BE REDUCED. AND YOU ARE SAYING THAT LAST TIME YOU GOT SEVENTY ONE SEATS ALONG WITH TWO APNA DAL SEATS. YOU ARE SAYING THAT YOU WILL MAINTAIN THAT AND YOU'RE GUARANTEEING 2014 LIKE SWEEP, I WANT YOU TO TALK ON THIS IN DETAIL AND HOW THIS TIME CASTE POLITICS WILL NOT WORK, PLEASE ELABORATE IN DETAIL

AMIT SHAH: SEE, I WILL TELL YOU. I HAVE SEE TWO ELECTIONS IN UTTAR PRADESH. I HAVE SEEN 2014 ELECTIONS AND I HAVE SEEN 2017 ELECTIONS. I WAS NOT THE HEAD, AND IN BOTH ELECTIONS BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY WON WITH 40-60%. AND FROM THEN ON, WE HAVE ONLY STRENGTHEN OUR PARTY AND APPROACH. AND NOW WE HAVE RECIEVED FORTY PERCENT, FORTY TWO PERCENT AND FORTY FOUR PERCENT VOTES IN DIFFERENT SEATS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT 6-10% OF MARGIN

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THIS UPTO 50%, PEOPLE SAY THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE 

AMIT SHAH: FIRST YOU LISTEN TO ME, LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY. I AM ONLY ANSWERING TO PEOPLE'S QUERIES. WE HAVE TO COVER 6-10% IN OUR FIGHT TO ACHIEVE 50%. WHENEVER TWO PARTIES GET IN COALITION, AND THIS GETS IN CONTRADICTION, THE SUPPORTERS OF THE COALITION, THE PARTIES' SUPPORTERS GETS IN CONTRADICTION, THIS ALWAYS RESULTS MORE THAT SIX PERCENT. SECONDLY, 50% IS NOT THAT NECESSARY BECAUSE MANY FIGHT INDEPENDENTLY IN UTTAR PRADESH. AND BECAUSE MANY FIGHT INDEPENDENTLY IN UP, OTHERS CATEGORY TAKES UP MANY VOTES. CONGRESS IS ALSO FIGHTING, SHIVPAL YADAV JI IS FIGHTING AND MANY OTHER PARTIES ARE ALSO FIGHTING, SO OUR DIFFERENCE BECOMES LESS. IF THEY ALL COLLECTIVELY TAKE CERTAIN AMOUNT OF VOTES, THEN WE RETAIN OUR OLD POSITION WITH SEVENTY SEATS SEATS.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: EVERYTIME I DEBATE WITH YOU OR INTERVIEW YOU, YOU SAY THAT ARNAB THIS DOESN'T WORK ON MATHEMATICS THIS WORKS ON CHEMISTRY TOO. AND NOW WHILE INTERVIEWING YOU SO OFTEN, I HAVE UNDERSTOOD YOUR THINKING AND THIS IS THE REASON I WAS PREPARED FOR A COUNTER QUESTION THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU. THE QUESTION IS, IF FOR EXAMPLE, I TELL YOU THE NAMES OF SIX CONSTITUENCIES WHERE SP AND BSP HAVE MORE THAN 50% . IN SAMBHAL YOU WON 34%, SP AND BSP WON MORE THAN 55%. IN BASTI BJP WON 34% AND THEY WON MORE THAN 55%. IN GHAZIPUR YOU GOT 31 AND THEY GOT ABOVE 50. IN KAUSHAMBI, BJP GOT 36% AND SP BSP GOT 53.8%. LALGANJ, YOU GOT 36% AND SP BSP GOT 55%. SO IN THESE PLACES, THE GAP IS MORE THAN 10% BETWEEN YOU AND BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER. SO WHAT WILL BE THE TECHNIQUE OF BJP TO WIN ON THESE SEATS. 

AMIT SHAH: YOU JUST CHECK ALL VERIFIED INFORMATION ON ALL THESE SEATS, THEN YOU WILL NOT ASK ME THIS QUESTION.


ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

AMIT SHAH: SO MANY PEOPLE ARE STANDING. WE ARE 101% SURE THAT WE WILL WIN IN SAMBHAL. TAKE IT FROM ME. WE WILL WIN MANY SEATS.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: BUT AMIT SHAH JI, IF YOU WIN IN SAMBHAL, THEN IT WILL BE A RECORD AS LAST TIME THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE OF 23% BETWEEN YOU AND THEM. 

AMIT SHAH: ARNAB BABU SAME QUESTION WAS ASKED TO ME BY ANOTHER JOURNALSIT WHEN SP AND CONGRESS JOINED HAND DURING VIDHAN SABHA ELECTIONS. THEY TRIED TO EXPLAIN, I NEVER BELIEVED THOUGH, AND I STILL DON'T BELIEVE. IT WAS SUSPECTED THAT THEY WILL TOGETHER WIN 240 SEATS, BUT HAPPENED? WE HAD WON 310 AND THEY BOTH TOGETHER COULD NOT WIN EVEN A 100. EVEN THAT GENTLEMEN WAS TREYING TO EXPLAIN ME THAT THEIR COMBINED VOTE CAN DEFEAT US, THAT HOW WILL WE WIN? I TOLD HIM IF IT WAS THAT EASY THEN YOU WOULD HAVE ALSO BEEN A POLITICIAN. PUBLIC KNOWS EVERYTHING. THERE HAS BEEN A CONTRADICTION BETWEEN THESE TWO PARTIES, THERE IS A CONTRADICTION BETWEEN THEIR VOTEBANKS, THESE TWO PARTIES HAVE CONTESTED AGAINST EACH OTHER IN PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS, IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND IN VIDHAN ELECTIONS

ARNAB GOSWAMI: BUT MAYAWATI WAS ALREADY SITTING, BOTH MULAYAM SINGH YADAV AND AKHILESH WERE RIGHT NEXT TO HER WHILE SHE WAS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE. SHE WAS GIVEN SO MUCH RESPECT IN MAINPURI 

AMIT SHAH: I UNDERSTAND, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CASES THAT HAPPENED SECRETLY? ABOUT DEATHS THAT HAPPENED? VILLAGES ARE AGAINST EACH OTHER. SO MANY ARE SENTENCED TO DEATH. IT IS NOT THAT EASY, NOT EASY. AND IF IT WAS THAT EASY, THEN WOULD THEY HAVE DELAYED IT THIS LONG?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SEE, ACCORDING TO THE ANALYSIS, THE CONSTITUENCIES THAT YOU MENTIONED, WE WILL DISCUSS THOSE AFTER THE ELECTIONS. I JUST QUESTIONED YOU ON THE GIVEN PERCENTAGES. 

AMIT SHAH; I AM TELLING YOU, YOU LIST DOWN ALL THIS, THESE TWO PARTIES HAVE MORE THAN 15% VOTES OF CONTRADICTION.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: LAST TIME, ON 16TH MAY 2014, YOU SPOKE TO ME AROUND 4:30-5:00 PM AFTER YOUR PRESS CONFERENCE. I WANT THAT ON 23RD MAY WE AROUND 4:30-5:00PM WE DO THE ANALYSIS OF ALL THIS.

AMIT SHAH: YES WE WILL DO IT FOR SURE ARNAB JI BUT I AM TELLING YOU THIS NOW THAT THE VOTE OF CONTRADICTION OF THESE TWO PARTIES IS MORE THAN 15%. BELIEVE ME ON THIS.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: IN THIS INTERNAL CONTRADICTION, THERE ARE 15% VOTERS WHO DISAGREE WITH EACH OTHER

AMIT SHAH: THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR EACH OTHER

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY WILL NOT TRANSFER VOTES, YOU ARE SAYING THEY WILL NOT NOT TRANSFER VOTES? IS THIS YOUR GUESS? IS THIS YOUR RESEARCH?

AMIT SHAH: THIS IS FROM MY EXPERIENCE

ARNAB GOSWAMI: PEOPLE SAY THAT YOU PUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ON RESEARCH. FIFTY PEOPLE SIT ON COMPUTERS TO DO RESEARCH AND THEY BRING DATA TO YOU. SO IS IT WORK LIKE THIS OR IT DEPENDS ON YOUR ESTIMATES?

AMIT SHAH: I HAVE VISITED ALL U.P'S CONSTITUENCIES AND I KNOW EVERY EQUATION AND I AM TELLING YOU THERE IS MORE THAN 15% CONTRADICTION VOTE. YOU SEE THE ESTIMATES OF THESE TWO AND CHECK WHAT HAPPENS AFTER RESULTS 

AMIT SHAH: AS I SAID THEY DONT HAVE ANY IMPORTANT ISSUES

ARNAB GOSWAMI: BUT, ON ONE HAND THERE IS PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI, CHOWKIDAR CHOR HAI, CHOWKIDAR CHOR HAI, IN LAST 24 HOURS IN JABALPUR, RAHUL GANDHI HAS SAID ONE TIME, TWO TIMES, THREE TIMES, FOUR TIMES, MURDER ACCUSED AMIT SHAH, SAID IT WITH GREAT EMPHASIS, SO HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO RESPOND TO IT? 

AMIT SHAH: I DONT HAVE ANY RESPONSE, THEY HAVE LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF LAW, A FAKE CASE WAS FILED AGAINST ME, THEIR GOVERNMENT ONLY FILED IT, DURING THEIR GOVERNMENT ONLY THE CASE WAS PROCEEDING AND NOW EVEN A JUDGEMENT HAS COME IN THE CASE, THAT THE CASE WAS FAKE AND WAS FILED DUE TO A POLITICAL VENDETTA AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IN IT. THAT IS WHY, I WASN'T EVEN PROSECUTED FURTHER, I WAS ACQUITTED, THERE WAS EVEN NO TRIAL FOR ME, THE OPPOSITION COULDN'T EVEN GIVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR A TRIAL AGAINST ME. DESPITE THAT, THEY KEEP SAYING, I THINK THE ADVOCATES LIKE KAPIL SIBAL, THEY SHOULD MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL POSITION AND EVEN IF THEN THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THEN LET THE PUBLIC DECIDE.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WILL YOU TAKE A LEGAL ACTION? 

AMIT SHAH: I HAVE TAKEN LEGAL ACTIONS. I HAVE REGISTERED THREE CASES, THEN ALSO THEY KEEP SAYING. THREE CASES ARE GOING ON CURRENTLY. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO, WILL YOU TAKE AN ACTION ON WHAT THEY HAVE SAID THIS TIME? 

AMIT SHAH: EVERY TIME YOU CANT TAKE A LEGAL ACTION, THERE IS A TAG ON THAT, I HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED A CASE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI- MR. AMIT SHAH, SO FAR THE TURNOUT IN THE ELECTION, EVEN TODAY WHAT WE SAW, IN MOST OF THE STATES THE TURNOUT IS ALMOST SAME AS THE LAST ELECTION, IN ASSAM IT HAS WENT A LITTLE HIGHER, IN ODISHA, WE SAW THAT IT IS VERY HIGH. SO, IF WE COMPARE THE TURNOUT TO THE LAST ELECTION AS PER PHASE ONE, TWO AND THREE, SO DO YOU THINK YOUR VOTER ARE COMING TO VOTE WITH ALL ENTHUSIASM? 

AMIT SHAH- DEFINITELY, THEY ARE COMING. WE CAN'T ESTIMATE THE NUMBER OF VOTES FOR BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY BY THE TURNOUT, IF SOME OTHER PARTY VOTER SITS AT HOME AND MY PARTY VOTER VOTES WITH ALL ENTHUSIASM, STILL THE VOTE SHARE WILL GO DOWN ONLY.

ARNAB GOSWAMI- PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT THIS IS NOT A WAVE ELECTION, WHAT GENERAL PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW, I WANT TO KNOW YOUR TAKE ON IT, PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY IS AT A STRONG POSITION, OPPOSITION IS SHATTERED BUT, 2014 WAS A WAVE ELECTION AND THIS IS NOT A WAVE ELECTION. WHEN WE TALK TO YOUR PARTY WORKER THEY SAY THAT, THE UNDERCURRENT GOING ON IN THE PEOPLE, YOU PEOPLE CANT UNDERSTAND THAT, EVEN MEDIA CANT UNDERSTAND IT, SO WHAT IS THIS UNDERCURRENT THAT YOU PEOPLE CAN SEE IT, THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS TALKING ABOUT IT AND THERE IS NO DISCUSSION ABOUT IT IN MEDIA AS WELL. 

AMIT SHAH- SEE, ARNAB JI, I HAVE BEEN AROUND THE WHOLE COUNTRY, IN FOUR OR FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS, I HAVE BEEN TO MORE THAN 250 CONSTITUENCIES. I WILL TELL YOU THAT EVEN MORE THAT 2014, I CAN CLEARLY
SEE A TSUNAMI TO MAKE NARENDRA MODI PRIME MINISTER AGAIN. PEOPLE HAVE DECIDED, THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER OF THE COUNTRY WILL BE NARENDRA MODI AND WHATEVER ANTI-CAMPAIGN IS RUN, IT WILL HARM THE OPPOSITION ITSELF JUST LIKE A BOOMERANG. THERE IS A BIG WAVE IN FAVOUR OF NARENDRA MODI AND BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DIRECTION, NORTH, EAST, WEST OR SOUTH, CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI- MR. AMIT SHAH, I INTERVIEWED YOU BEFORE GUJARAT ELECTION AND EVEN BEFORE AND AFTER 2014 GENERAL ELECTION I INTERVIEWED YOU, THESE WORDS WHICH YOU ARE USING RIGHT NOW, THE GIGANTIC VOTER WAVE, THIS WORD YOU DID NOT USE EVEN THEN, YOU SAID WE WILL WIN BUT, YOU NEVER USED THIS WORD. YOU WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS A LITTLE BIT. GIGANTIC WAVE MEAN THE MARGIN WILL BE MORE, THE NUMBER OF SEATS WILL BE MORE. 

AMIT SHAH- SEE, NUMBER OF SEATS WILL ALSO INCREASE AND THE MARGIN OF OUR WINNING CONTESTANTS WILL ALSO INCREASE.

ARNAB GOSWAMI- THIS IS THE THING OF COMMITMENT, WHAT YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GIGANTIC WAVE, ARE YOU COMMITTING YOURSELF TO THIS ANALYSIS? 

AMIT SHAH- YES, SURE, AND I'M COMMITTING TO IT WITH A VERY COOL MIND, I KNOW MR. ARNAB, WHOLE COUNTRY WILL WATCH THIS INTERVIEW, AFTER BEEN TO ALL PARTS OF THIS COUNTRY, I'M SAYING THAT WE WILL MOVE AHEAD IN ALL THE THREE ASPECTS. ONE, THE SEATS OF BJP AS WELL AS NDA, BOTH WILL INCREASE, TWO, MARGIN OF WINNING THE SEATS WILL ALSO INCREASE AND THIRD, OUR REACH OF OUR VOTES IS ALSO GOING TO GET WIDER THIS TIME. THIS TIME, NORTH-EAST, KOLKATA OR WEST BENGAL, ODISHA AND KERELA, IN ALL THESE PLACES WE ARE GOING TO GET GOOD SUCCESS, IN TAMIL NADU WE WILL GET SUCCESS WITH OUR ALLIANCE PARTNERS EVEN THERE THE BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY WILL BE IN A GOOD POSITION. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: AMIT SHAH JI, BSP, SP ARE APPEALING FOR MUSLIM VOTES. IT'S A STRAIGHT-FORWARD THING. STATEMENTS ARE BEING MADE ON BOTH SIDES. DO YOU FEEL THAT, DO YOU THINK THAT IF THERE IS CONSOLIDATION ON ONE SIDE, THEN HINDU VOTES WILL PILE UP ON THE OTHER SIDE? THAT HINDU VOTES WILL BE CONSOLIDATED BY THEM? 

AMIT SHAH: YOU SEE, THE THING IS THAT, LIKE YOU SAID, IF ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO CONSOLIDATE MUSLIM VOTES, THEN NATURALLY THERE WILL BE A REACTION TO IT. BUT THIS TIME, IN THE U.P ELECTIONS, VOTES ARE BEING CONSOLIDATED ON THE ISSUE OF DEVELOPMENT. REMEMBER WHAT I AM SAYING EVEN NOW. LAKHS OF PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED, ARNAB. YOU CANNOT IMAGINE HOW GOOD IT IS TO SEE GAS REACH A HOUSE FILLED WITH SMOKE. WHEN A FAMILY WHICH HAS BEEN RIDING A CYCLE FOR THREE GENERATIONS BECOMES THE OWNER OF A MARUTI CAR, THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE GROWS. A PERSON WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE WHICH HAS NO TOILET, THE WOMEN OF WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BEAR THE SHAME EVERY DAY. IF A TOILET REACHES THAT PERSON'S HOUSE, IT IS A BIG DEAL. IN ONE CRORE HOMES OF U.P, 70 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE, WE PROVIDED ELECTRICITY. WE GAVE HOUSES TO 20 LAKH PEOPLE. WE PROVIDED TOILETS TO ONE CRORE EIGHTY LAKH PEOPLE. AND WE PROVIDED GAS CYLINDERS TO ALMOST ONE CRORE PEOPLE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BUT IF YOU HAVE DONE SO MUCH, THEN WHY DOES YOGI ADITYANATH, AFTER BEING BANNED BY THE ELECTION COMMISSION, RETURNS TO MAKE STATEMENTS LIKE CALLING A SAMAJWADI PARTY CANDIDATE THE SON OF BABAR. HE SAYS SANJEEV BALYAN DOES SOMETHING. GIRIRAJ SINGH SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THE JINNAH PROJECT. SO, IS ALL OF THIS FOR HINDU CONSOLIDATION? AND IF YOU HAVE DELIVERED SO MUCH DEVELOPMENT, THEN WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO CONSOLIDATE WITH SUCH STATEMENTS? SO, IS ALL OF THIS FOR HINDU CONSOLIDATION? WHAT IS THE NEED TO GIVE SADHVI PRAGYA A TICKET?

AMIT SHAH: I DO NOT AGREE THAT THIS IS FOR HINDU CONSOLIDATION. THIS COULD MERELY BE A RESPONSE TO THE KIND OF LANGUAGE THAT IS ALREADY BEING USED. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: IS IT NECESSARY TO GIVE AN ANSWER, AMIT SHAH JI?

AMIT SHAH: IT IS NOT. BUT IF SOMEONE HAS, DO NOT THINK THAT THIS IS THE STRATEGY OF THE BJP OR THE CENTRE POINT OF OUR MESSAGE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SOMEONE SAID THAT IF 64% OF MUSLIMS COME TOGETHER AS ONE, THEN MINORITY WILL TURN INTO A MAJORITY. SO, YOU PEOPLE REACT TO IT. 

AMIT SHAH: NO, WE DID NOT REACT TO THAT. NOW HE HAS SAID THAT. IT'S OKAY. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: KAMAL NATH SAYS THAT IF 90% OF THE MUSLIM VOTERS HAVE TO COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF US, ELSE WE WILL DISAPPEAR. YOU DO REACT TO THAT.

AMIT SHAH: I HAVE NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO THAT. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU HAVE NOT SAID IT. BUT YOUR PARTY'S SPOKESPERSONS DO SAY IT. EVERYONE SAYS IT. 

AMIT SHAH: ALL PEOPLE DO IT. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU ARE SAYING THAT YOU DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONSOLIDATE THE HINDU VOTE. 

AMIT SHAH: THERE IS NO NEED FOR IT. THE KIND OF STATEMENTS THE OPPOSITION HAVE MADE, CONSOLIDATION SPRINGS FROM THERE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHY DID YOU GIVE SADHVI PRAGYA A TICKET? LET THERE BE AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON THIS.

AMIT SHAH: NO, I TALK OPENLY.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: DO YOU THINK THAT.. I FEEL THAT YOU GAVE HER A TICKET SO AS TO IMPACT THE HINDU TERROR NARRATIVE IN THE LOK SABHA ELECTION AND AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. WHICH IS WHY YOU TOOK THIS PREMEDITATED STEP. 

AMIT SHAH: SEE, THERE IS NO RELATION TO THE LOK SABHA ELECTIONS HERE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: BUT YOU HAVE GIVEN THE TICKET.

AMIT SHAH: I WILL TELL YOU WHY THE TICKET WAS GIVEN. BHAGWA TERROR AND HINDU TERRORISM ARE AN A SHAMEFUL ABUSE ON THE NATION'S PEOPLE. OUR CULTURE IS SUCH THAT EVEN IF AN ANT BITES US, WE FEED IT FLOUR AND LET IT LIVE. THAT IS THE KIND OF PEOPLE WE ARE. WE HAVE BEEN DEFAMED IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD. WE HAVE BEEN INSULTED IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. WE STAYED QUIET. UNTIL THE CASE STARTED. THE JUDGMENTS OF TWO CASES CAME UP. MECCA MASJID AND THE SAMJHAUTA BLASTS. IN BOTH JUDGMENTS, THE THEORY WAS DISMISSED. NO SUCH MEETING TOOK PLACE, NONE OF THEM CAME TOGETHER, NEITHER WAS THERE ANY SUCH THEORY. A FALSE CASE WAS BUILT. THE CONGRESS PARTY, THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS PARTY HAVE PLAYED WITH THE SECURITY OF THE NATION FOR VOTEBANK CONSOLIDATION. THEY HAVE INSULTED THE NATION'S CULTURE. AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT SHAME TO THE COUNTRY IN FRONT OF THE WORLD. WHAT MESSAGE HAS BEEN SENT OUT TO THE WORLD? CAN A HINDU EVER BE A TERRORIST? WHAT MESSAGE HAVE THESE PEOPLE SENT? AND THE BIGGEST THING IS, THE FIRST PEOPLE TO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UNDER THE SAMJHAUTA BLASTS CASE, PEOPLE WHO BELONGED TO THE LASHKAR-e-TAIBA, THEY HAVE BEEN LET OFF. WHERE ARE THEY? THEY BECAME INNOCENT AND LEFT? 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: ARE YOU QUESTIONING WHY THE CONGRESS PARTY LET THEM GO? 

AMIT SHAH: I AM NOT POSING A QUESTION TO THEM.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: ARE YOU CASTING A DOUBT ON THEM?

AMIT SHAH: I DO NOT QUESTION THEM. THIS HAS BEEN PROVEN NOW.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHAT?

AMIT SHAH: THAT THEY REGISTERED A FALSE CASE FOR VOTEBANK CONSOLIDAITON. THEY MISLED THE COUNTRY. THEY MISLED THE WORLD. AND, THEY LET GO OF THE REAL CULPRITS. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO, REOPEN THE CASE.

AMIT SHAH: IT WILL BE OPENED.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: IF TORTURE TOOK PLACE BY THE ATS, THEN REOPEN THE CASE. 

AMIT SHAH: NO, OF COURSE IT WILL BE REOPENED. THE COURTS WILL. THOSE WHO ARE THE VICTIMS WILL FILE PETITIONS WHICH WILL ASK WHERE THE REAL CRIMINALS ARE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO MAY I ASK A FOLLOW-UP WHICH SPRINGS TO PEOPLE'S MINDS. WHICH SPRINGS TO MY MIND. THERE SHOULD BE AN OPEN TALK ON THIS.

AMIT SHAH: SURELY, ASK.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THE FIRST THING IS, I DO NOT DOUBT WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS. BUT I HAVE JUST TWO QUESTIONS. THE FIRST QUESTION IS THIS. IN 5 YEARS, WHY DID YOU NOT FINISH THESE CASES? SEE, A CASE IS STILL GOING ON AGAINST OUR COUNTRY'S ARMY OFFICER, SHRIKANT PUROHIT. HE IS WEARING THE UNIFORM. HE IS STILL SERVING THE NATION. MANY PEOPLE SAY HE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED OFFICER. BUT THE CASE AGAINST HIM STILL PERSISTS. PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE HAS BEEN DEALT TO HIM, TOO. A CASE WENT ON FOR 5 YEARS AGAINST SADHVI PRAGYA, TOO. FIRST QUESTION IS, WHY WAS IT DELAYED? THE SECOND QUESTION IS, AMIT SHAH, YOU TELL ME, THE LOK SABHA ELECTIONS ARE GOING ON, THIS IS YOUR FIRST LOK SABHA ELECTIONS AS NATIONAL PRESIDENT. WHY DID THIS NOT BECOME AN ISSUE IN 2014? IF THIS WAS TO BE A SYMBOLIC FIGHT, THEN WHY WAS IT NOT MADE SO IN 2014? 

AMIT SHAH: FIRST, TRY TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU SHOULD ASK WHY THE CASE GOT DELAYED FROM NOT ME BUT THE JUDICIARY. JUDICIARY IS NOT UNDER THE DIRECT CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. WHEREVER THE CASES WERE BEING HEARD, OUR GOVERNMENT WAS NOT IN POWER AT NEITHER OF THE PLACES. OUR GOVERNMENT WAS NOT IN POWER WHEN THE CASE WAS GOING ON IN THE LOWER JUDICIARY. AND EVEN IF OUR GOVERNMENT WAS IN POWER, THE JUDICIARY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE JUDICIARY HAS ITS OWN WAYS OF FUNCTIONING. THAT IS ONE POINT. AND THE SECOND POINT, THIS WAS NOT MADE AN ISSUE IN 2014 BECAUSE THE CASE WAS STILL PENDING IN 2014. THERE WAS AN ACCUSATION OF CONSPIRACY. NOW, TWO COURTS OF THE COUNTRY HAVE DISMISSED THE ACCUSATION OF CONSPIRACY. DISMISSED IT COMPLETELY. THAT THE ACCUSATION OF CONSPIRACY IS ITSELF A CONSPIRACY. THAT IS WHY THIS HAS BECOME AN ELECTION ISSUE. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD ANSWER HOW IT LET THE REAL CULPRITS GET AWAY. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD IT BE AN ELECTION ISSUE?

AMIT SHAH: YES, I DO THINK SO. THAT IS WHY AFTER HAVING THOUGHT ABOUT IT...

ARNAB GOSWAMI: AFTER UNDERSTANDING IT.

AMIT SHAH: ..I HAVE FILLED THE FORM. THAT IT SHOULD BE AN ELECTION ISSUE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU WISH THAT..

AMIT SHAH: IS THIS HOW THE NATION'S SECURITY AGENCIES ARE MADE USE OF? WILL YOU LET THOSE WHO DENT THE SECURITY OF THE NATION? AND DEFAME THE CULTURE OF SUCH A BIG COUNTRY. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YESTERDAY, YOU RAISED A QUESTION OVER NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT SONIA GANDHI CRIED FOR AN INSPECTOR MARTYRED IN THE BATLA HOUSE ENCOUNTER. 

AMIT SHAH: I DID NOT SAY THIS. SALMAN KHURSHID SAID THIS. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: NO, NO. SALMAN KHURSHID MADE A U-TURN. 

AMIT SHAH: NO, NO.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: I WILL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE. SALMAN KHURSHID JI, AMIT SHAH JI, MADE AN ISSUE OF THIS AND THEN TOOK A U-TURN. HE SAYS THAT SONIA GANDHI DID NOT CRY. DID ANYONE SEE HER CRY? THAT IS WHAT HE IS SAYING.

AMIT SHAH: THERE IS NO POINT IN MAKING A U-TURN. THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS SEEN IT. EXTRACT IT FROM YOUR CHANNEL'S LIBRARY AND SEE. HE HAS SAID IT. AND WHAT IS THE MEANING OF TAKING A U-TURN AFTERWARD? 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE CONGRESS PARTY IS AN ANTI-HINDU PARTY? 

AMIT SHAH: I HAVE NOT SAID THAT. I HAVE SAID THAT THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO BESMIRCH OUR COUNTRY'S CULTURE TO CREATE VOTEBANK POLITICS.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO, IT IS AN ANTI-INDIAN CULTURE PARTY. THEY ARE AGAINST INDIAN CULTURE.

AMIT SHAH: THEY HAVE BESMIRCHED INDIAN CULTURE TO CONSOLIDATE THEIR VOTEBANK. THEY HAVE FORSAKEN THIS NATION'S SECURITY FOR VOTEBANK POLITICS. EVEN TODAY, LOOK AT THEIR ELECTION MANIFESTO. THEY SAY THEY WILL EXTRICATE SEDITION FROM THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE CODE. WHY? WHEN SLOGAN CRIES WERE MADE AT JNU, WEREN'T CONGRESS WORKERS PRESENT THERE WHEN CALLS WERE BEING MADE FOR INDIA TO BE BROKEN TO A THOUSAND PIECES, INSHALLAH INSHALLAH. THEY WENT THERE AND GRANTED THEM THE CERTIFICATE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. IS THAT WHY YOU WISH TO REPEAL IT? WHAT DIRECTION DO YOU WISH TO STEER THE NATION TO? 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY SAY THAT.. ALL THE CONGRESS AND OPPOSITION PARTIES SAY THAT PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI AND BJP PRESIDENT AMIT SHAH TALKING ABOUT THESE POINTS WHILE DEVIATING FROM MAIN ISSUES. THEY SAID..

AMIT SHAH: BROTHER, ONE MINUTE, ARNAB BHAI. LISTEN TO ME FOR A MINUTE. THEY SAY IT AND YOU BELIEVE IT. SURELY YOU ARE NOT THAT INNOCENT. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: I DO NOT BELIEVE ANYONE. I MERELY ASK THE QUESTIONS. 

AMIT SHAH: ANSWER MY QUESTION FIRST. COULD I HAVE WRITTEN THEIR MANIFESTO? YES OR NO? COULD I HAVE WRITTEN THEIR MANIFESTO? OR COULD THE CONGRESS PRESIDENT HAVE APPROVED IT. OR SAM PITRODA COULD HAVE WRITTEN IT. SAM PITRODA WROTE IT, THE CONGRESS PRESIDENT APPROVED IT AND IT WAS ANNOUNCED. IN IT, THEY HAVE WRITTEN THAT NO ONE SHOULD REMAIN IN JAIL, EVERYONE SHOULD BE BAILED OUT. WHAT IS YOUR DISPOSITION TOWARDS LAW AND ORDER, BROTHER? IN IT, THEY HAVE WRITTEN THAT AFSPA SHOULD BE REMOVED, THAT IT SHOULD BE DILUTED. HOW WILL YOU STAND BEHIND THE ARMY? THIRDLY,  THEY ASK FOR THE CONCEPTION OF SEDITION TO BE DONE AWAY WITH. COULD I HAVE WRITTEN THIS? THEY HAVE WRITTEN IT.  

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHAT DO YOU THINK? WILL THE COUNTRY BE DISINTEGRATED? IF THESE PEOPLE COME TO POWER, NO, LET'S COME TO YOUR ANALYSIS. YOU ASKED ME...

AMIT SHAH: IF ANY PARTY OR GOVERNMENT TAKES THESE THREE STEPS, THEN THERE WILL BE GREAT DIFFICULTY IN KEEPING THE NATION UNITED.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY SAY THAT NARENDRA MODI AND AMIT SHAH KNOW NOTHING ABOUT DIPLOMACY, I AM TELLING YOU. LISTEN, I DO NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEM, LISTEN AMIT SHAH JI, I AM TELLING YOU WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING AND I AM EXPECTING YOU TO RESPOND TO IT. THEY SAY THAT NARENDRA MODI'S COMMENT IN A RALLY THAT 'INDIA'S NUKES ARE NOT FOR DIWALI' SO THEY ARE SAYING THAT WHAT IS THE NEED TO MAKE SUCH STATEMENTS AND THAT SUCH STATEMENTS ARE NOT MADE BY RESPONSIBLE NATIONS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THEY'RE SAYING THAT A PRIME MINISTER OF A NUCLEAR STATE MUST NOT MAKE SUCH STATEMENTS. I AM NOT EVEN COMMENTING ON WHAT MEHBOOBA MUFTI SAID. SHE SAID AND I QUOTE 'PAK NUKES ARE NOT WAITING FOR EID'. I SPOKE ABOUT IT ON MY PROGRAMME. BUT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THAT PRIME MINISTER MUST NOT USE SUCH LANGUAGE DURING ELECTIONS AND MUST MAINTAIN COMPOSURE AND THAT IT ISN'T RIGHT FOR DIPLOMACY.

AMIT SHAH: I WILL CLARIFY BOTH THE POINTS. THEY SAID THAT BJP DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT DIPLOMACY. NOW I WILL TELL YOU ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION IN LAST 5 YEARS. WHEN THEY LEFT, THE WORLD WAS TALKING ABOUT HINDU TERROR, THAT THIS COUNTRY IS A HOMELAND FOR TERRORISTS. THEY CERTIFIED THIS IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD. TODAY, THE WORLD TALKS ABOUT PAKISTAN'S TERROR. THE WORLD TODAY RECOGNISES INDIA'S RIGHT TO SELF DEFENCE. THE WORLD TODAY BACKS THE FACT THAT THERE ARE TERROR CAMPS IN PAKISTAN AND THAT IT IS THE BREEDING GROUND FOR TERRORISM. THIS IS THE VICTORY OF OUR DIPLOMACY. THE WORLD TODAY STANDS UNITED & HAS BACKED NARENDRA MODI, INCLUDING CHINA, THAT IT IS INDIA'S RIGHT TO SELF DEFENCE. SECONDLY, THE THREE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE PROMISE, FIRST, DILUTION OF AFSPA, SECOND, SCRAPPING THE SEDITION LAW & THIRD ABOUT SOFTENING BAIL PROVISIONS. ALL THESE PROVISIONS WERE BROUGHT IN BY THEIR FOREFATHERS. I THINK THEY ARE UNAWARE ABOUT IT. THEY MAY SAY THAT WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT DIPLOMACY BUT THESE LAWS WERE BROUGHT UNDER JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU. WE WEREN'T PRESENT IN THE CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE. THE ENTIRE CONGRESS PARTY..

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THIS MATTER

AMIT SHAH: LET ME COMPLETE FIRST. THE ENTIRE CONGRESS PARTY WAS A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE. VETERAN LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY WERE A PART OF IT AND AFTER A LOT OF DELIBERATIONS SUCH LAWS WERE FORMED. NOW COMING TO MODI JI'S COMMENTS ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. LOOK, THE CONTEXT HERE IS IMPORTANT. WHAT MODIJI MEANT WAS THAT WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF PAKISTAN'S EMPTY THREATS. WHAT HE MEANT WAS THAT IF THEY THREATEN US, WE ARE IN A BETTER POSITION TO RESPOND TO THEM. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: DO YOU FIND IT WEIRD. THE SAME IMRAN KHAN WHO CAMPAIGNED AND WON ELECTIONS ONLY BY MAKING ANTI-MODI STATEMENTS AND BY MAKING ANTI-BJP STATEMENTS IS NOW SUDDENLY SAYING THAT HE WANTS MODI GOVT TO COME BACK TO POWER SO THAT THERE IS PEACE & STABILITY IN THE REGION AND THAT IS THERE CAN BE PEACE BETWEEN TWO NATIONS, IT CAN ONLY BE UNDER MODI GOVT. DON'T YOU THINK IT IS WEIRD? ISN'T IT A U-TURN?

AMIT SHAH: THERE CAN BE PEACE ONLY IF THERE IS MODI GOVT. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHY

AMIT SHAH: BECAUSE IN THE FEAR OF ANOTHER AIR STRIKE, THEY WILL NOT DO ANYTHING. ARE YOU UNDERSTANDING WHAT I AM SAYING?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU TELL US OPENLY, PEOPLE ARE LISTENING

AMIT SHAH: THE WAY NARENDRA MODI HAS HIT BACK WITH SURGICAL STRIKE FIRST AND NOW AN AIR STRIKE, I DON'T THINK PAKISTAN HAS THE COURAGE TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKE

ARNAB GOSWAMI: AND WHAT IF THEY ARE EXPECTING YOU TO BEGIN TALKS IN CASE MODI GOVT COMES TO POWER

AMIT SHAH: TALK CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF THEY WIPE OUT TERRORISM COMPLETELY FROM THEIR SOIL. EVEN THAT WOULD BRING IN PEACE. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU TAKE CREDIT FOR EVERYTHING. LIKE YOU SAID, NOT YOU BUT A BJP MINISTER SAID THAT 'NARENDRA MODI INSTRUCTED THE AIR FORCE ON THE 13TH DAY AFTER PULWAMA ATTACK. OUR FIGHTER JETS DESTROYED PAK TERROR HUBS'. YOUR UNION MINISTER ALSO CALLED IT 'MODI'S FORCE'. IS THIS AN ATTEMPT TO CLAIM CREDIT?

AMIT SHAH: WHO SHOULD BE GIVEN CREDIT? THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION? 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY SAY THE FORCES MUST BE GIVEN CREDIT NOT THE PRIME MINISTER

AMIT SHAH: WHO TOOK THE POLITICAL DECISION? WHOSE POLITICAL WILL IS IT? IT IS OF THE LEADER. IT IS OF THE COUNTRY'S PRIME MINISTER. OUR FORCES WERE THE SAME. WHY DID THEY NOT RESPOND AFTER THE 26/11 MUMBAI ATTACKS?  WHY WAS THERE NO AIRSTRIKE AFTER 26/11 MUMBAI ATTACKS? THE DECISION IS TAKEN ON THE BASIS OF POLITICAL WILL AND THE FORCES IMPLEMENT IT. IT IS A SUCCESS BASED ON THE COMBINATION OF THESE TWO. NEITHER ARE WE TAKING CREDIT FOR OUR FORCES' BRAVERY NOR ARE WE MARKETING IT. BUT THIS IS THE REALITY. BANGLADESH WAS FORMED, CONGRESS WAS TAKING POLITICAL ADVANTAGE FROM IT TILL DATE. NOW THE SAME CONGRESS PARTY IS CREATING A HUE & CRY OVER IT. WHO CLAIMED CREDIT FOR IT? THE DECISION WAS TAKEN BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS COLLEAGUES. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: POLLS ARE UNDERWAY AND YOU ARE IN VARANASI CURRENTLY. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE NOTICED OR NOT THAT IN THE LAST 11 DAYS, PRIYANKA GANDHI SAID 23 TIMES THAT SHE WILL CONTEST POLLS. SHE FIRST SAID 'I WILL CONTEST', THEN SAID 'I MAY CONTEST', THEN SHE SAID 'I WISH TO CONTEST', NOW SHE SAYS 'I AM READY TO CONTEST', THE LAST TIME SHE SAID 'I AM READY TO CONTEST AND I WISH TO CONTEST'. AHMED PATEL SAID THAT HE WOULD SUPPORT HER IF SHE CONTESTS BUT SHE ALSO ADDED THAT THE PARTY PRESIDENT MUST DECIDE IF SHE WOULD CONTEST. DO YOU THINK THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO FIELD PRIYANKA FOR VARANASI OR THESE ARE JUST TALKS DOING THE ROUNDS?

AMIT SHAH: ARNA EVEN YOU ARE FREE TO CONTEST FROM HERE (VARANASI). ANYONE CAN CONTEST FROM HERE. IT IS A DEMOCRACY. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT IT?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SO YOU ARE NOT TAKING IT SERIOUSLY?

AMIT SHAH: WE ARE NOT TAKING IT SERIOUSLY AT ALL

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHY?

AMIT SHAH: BECAUSE OUR CONTENDER FROM HERE (VARANASI) IS FINAL & IT IS NARENDRA MODI. NARENDRA MODI WILL CONTEST FROM HERE. I KNOW THE PEOPLE OF VARANASI AND I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF LOVE THEY HAVE FOR MODI JI. NARENDRA MODI WILL WIN THIS SEAT (VARANASI) WITH A HUGE MARGIN. NOW WHOEVER WANTS TO CONTEST IS FREE TO DO SO. THIS IS NOT A CONGRESS GOVT THAT WOULD IMPOSE EMERGENCY AND SNATCH AWAY EVERYONE'S RIGHTS. WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CONTEST FROM WHERE THEY WANT TO. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SHE IS SAYING THAT SHE WOULD CONTEST

AMIT SHAH: SO WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SHE IS SAYING SHE WANTS TO CONTEST

AMIT SHAH: WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? YOU MUST ASK HER WHETHER SHE IS GOING TO CONTEST OR NOT

ARNAB GOSWAMI: SHE SAYS THAT THE PARTY PRESIDENT WOULD TAKE A CALL

AMIT SHAH: THEN YOU MUST ASK THEIR PARTY PRESIDENT ON WHAT DECISION HAVE THEY TAKEN. WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A DECISION. OUR DECISION IS FINAL. NARENDRA MODI IS OUR CANDIDATE.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: YOU'RE SAYING THAT IT ISN'T A FACTOR IN VARANASI?

AMIT SHAH: THERE IS NO FACTOR. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: CAN IT NOT BE A FACTOR WITH RESPECT TO POSITIONING?

AMIT SHAH: IT CAN, LISTEN

ARNAB GOSWAMI: JUST THE WAY KEJRIWAL CONTESTED LAST TIME

AMIT SHAH: YOU ARE NOT UNDERSTANDING. IF SHE WANTS TO CONTEST, SHE MUST. WHY CREATE A HUE & CRY OVER IT? THEN SHE MUST FILE HER CANDIDATURE. 

ARNA GOSWAMI: THEY'RE SAYING IF PRIYANKA CONTESTS THEN IT WOULD CONTAIN NARENDRA MODI AND THEN HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO CAMPAIGN ELSEWHERE. THIS IS THEIR STRATEGY

AMIT SHAH: LOOK EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO CONTEST. SHE MAY CONTEST FROM HERE (VARANASI). WE HAVE NO OBJECTIONS AT ALL. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI: WHAT IS YOUR READING ABOUT AMETHI? IN THREE OR FOUR INTERVIEWS YOU HAVE SAID THAT IT IS DIFFICULT FOR CONGRESS TO RETAIN AMETHI THIS TIME. SOME SAY THAT THE CONTEST WOULD BE TIGHT AND IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT IF SMRITI IRANI IS CONTESTING FROM THE BJP. WHAT IS YOUR READING?

AMIT SHAH: LISTEN, DURING POLLS..

ARNAB GOSWAMI: ONE MORE QUESTIONS, PRIYANKA VADRA HAS SAID THAT BJP IS TRYING TO BRING IN OUTSIDERS MY MAKING SMRITI IRANI CONTEST FROM AMETHI. WOULD YOU COMMENT ON BOTH THESE POINTS?

AMIT SHAH: CAN ANY CONGRESS LEADER TELL ME WHAT IS THE GANDHI FAMILY'S RELATION WITH AMETHI?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY SAY THEY HAVE A CONNECTION SINCE GENERATIONS.

AMIT SHAH: HOW? THEY WERE BORN IN ALLAHABAD. THEY STAYED IN NEW DELHI. WHAT IS THEIR CONNECTION WITH AMETHI?

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY'RE SAYING THAT THEY HAVE WORKED THERE FOR 40 YEARS.

AMIT SHAH: WHAT IS THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE

ARNAB GOSWAMI: THEY SAY THAT AMIT SHAH, NARENDRA MODI, SMRITI IRANI HAVE JUST COME TO AMETHI. 

AMIT SHAH: OUR GOVT ENSURED ELECTRICITY REACHES THE 600 VILLAGES. WHAT DID THEY DO? AFTER GIVING SO MANY PRIME MINISTERS TO THIS COUNTRY THEY COULDN'T ENSURE THAT ELECTRICITY REACHES THOSE HOUSES (IN AMETHI). LEAVE ALONE THE HOUSES, IT DIDN'T EVEN REACH THE VILLAGES. WE HAVE BROUGHT ELECTRICITY TO ALL HOUSES.

ARNAB GOSWAMI: CAN YOU WIN THE SEAT (AMETHI) ?

AMIT SHAH: LOOK, ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT, THIS TIME AMETHI IS A POTENTIAL SEAT FOR THE BJP.

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: WHAT IS YOUR READING IN BENGAL? MR AMIT SHAH THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT YOU ARE WORKING VERY HARD IN BENGAL. YOU ARE ACCUSING MAMATA BANERJEE OF MAFIA RAJ. YOU ARE ACCUSING HER OF ELECTION FRAUD. YOU ARE MAKING AN ISSUE OF HER GIVING MONEY TO MADARASAS. YOU ARE ACCUSING HER OF MURDERING DEMOCRACY IN BENGAL. RECENTLY YOU'VE COINED A NEW PHRASE CALLED 'SPEED BREAKER DIDI'. WHEREVER YOU GO, YOU TALK ABOUT 'SPEED BREAKER DIDI' BUT THEY SAY THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY, VOTES MIGHT INCREASE BUT SEATS WON'T. OPINION POLLS REFLECT DIFFERENT FIGURES. SOME SAY 6 SEATS, SOME PREDICT 8 SEATS, OTHERS PREDICT MAXIMUM OF 8-9 SEATS. WHAT IS THE REALISTIC ESTIMATE CONSIDERING THE VOTING PERCENTAGE ACCORDING TO YOUR ANALYSIS? 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: WE WILL WIN MINIMUM OF 23 SEATS. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: MINIMUM?

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: YES, MINIMUM 23, BUT WE CAN ALSO GO BEYOND THAT. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: THEY SAY THAT BJP IN BENGAL DOESN'T HAVE A BIG FACE. THERE ARE A LOT OF LEADERS BUT NO SINGLE FACE. 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: YES, THEY ARE CORRECT. EVEN IN TRIPURA WE DIDN'T HAVE A BIG FACE. IN U.P ALSO NOBODY WAS THERE. WHEN WE FOUGHT THE ELECTION THERE WAS NO FACE EVEN IN UTTARAKHAND. THERE WAS NO BIG FACE IN HARYANA, JHARKHAND OR MANIPUR EITHER. BJP HAS WON EVERYWHERE AND TODAY ARE CHIEF MINISTERS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: 23 SEATS?

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: YES, 23 SEATS. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: NOT 22. 23?

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: MORE THAN 23. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: I WANT TO ASK YOU ONE QUESTION MR AMIT SHAH WHICH I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND ABOUT YOUR CONFIDENCE. PEOPLE ACROSS THE NETWORK ARE WATCHING YOU TODAY. ON REPUBLIC BHARAT, REPUBLIC TV AND EVEN ON DIGITAL PLATFORM. THEY MIGHT BE WONDERING THAT THE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU EMANATE, DO YOU FEEL THAT OR IS THIS JUST A PUT UP? 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: I AM A PERSON WHO WORKS AT THE GRASSROOT LEVELS. IN BEGAL WE HAVE BEEN WORKING SINCE 2016. WE HAVE WORKED TO TAKE BJP TO EVERY BOOTH. WE HAVE FELT THE DICTATORSHIP IN BENGAL AND LOST LIVES OF 80 PARTY WORKERS. WE HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST IT. WE'VE OPPOSED THE FACT THAT URDU LANGUAGE IS BEING FORCED ON PEOPLE INSTEAD OF BENGALI. WE HAVE FELT THE PAIN OF BANNING 'SARASWAJI PUJA' IN THE STATE. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE PAIN OF NOT GETTING PERMISSION TO PERFORM THE 'DURGA PUJA'. WE HAVE SEEN THE OPPOSITION TO 'RAM NAVAMI PROCESSION. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE SYNDICATES OF CEMENT, COAL AND OTHER THINGS IN THE STATE. PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY TAX TO THESE SYNDICATES TO OBTAIN THESE COMMODITIES IN BENGAL. WE KNOW THE UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE AFTER SHUTTING DOWN OF ONE FACTORY AFTER THE OTHER. I KNOW THE CONCERN OF A BENGALI BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHY OF THE STATE DUE TO INFILTERATION. BASED ON ALL OF THESE ISSUES, BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY HAS STRUGGLED FOR 5 YEARS. TODAY WE ARE AT A POINT WHERE PEOPLE ARE STANDING WITH FAITH IN US. LEAVE ALONE MODI JI, YOU CAN SEE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN OUR RALLIES. IN MY RALLY OR ANY OTHER BJP LEADER'S RALLY. NARENDRA MODI'S RALLIES ARE GRAND. PEOPLE TURN UP IN HUGE NUMBERS. DESPITE THEIR EFFORTS TO HAULT BUSES, NOT GIVING ELECTRICITY, DENYING PERMISSION TO HELICOPTERS OR RALLIES, SETTING UP OF MICS IN ADJACENT GROUNDS TO DISRUPT THE CONTINUITY AND DISTURN THE CONSISTENCY OF THE SPEECH, SWITCHING OFF MICS FOR 1.5 MONTHS AND NOT LETTING ANY OF OUR ELECTION WORK PROGRESS, PEOPLE OF BENGAL HAVE DECIDED TO STAND BY BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY AND MODI AND WILL TEACH A LESSON TO DIDI. 

 ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: MR AMIT SHAH, YOU ARE RIGHT NOW TALKING TO ANY OTHER PARTY? PEOPLE SAY THAT YOU HAVE 4-5 POLITICAL CARDS IN YOUR POCKET. ARE YOU TALKING TO KCR, JAGAN OR ARE YOU TALKING AJIT SINGH? AJIT SINGH DID NOT ATTEND MULAYAM SINGH AND MAYAWATI'S RALLY. TEJASHWI DID NOT GO TO RAHUL GANDHI'S. PEOPLE ARE TALKING OF A CONSPIRACY SAYING THAT IN THE BACKROOM AMIT SHAH IS IN CONTACT WITH 10-15 BIG LEADERS AND HE MIGHT BE PLANNING A SUPER ALLIANCE LATER. 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: TO BE IN CONTACT WITH ANYBODY IS NOT A WRONG THING. IN A DEMOCRACY YOU SHOULD BE IN CONTACT WITH EVERYBODY. AFTER ALL THERE IS NO PERSONAL RIVALRY. 

 ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: EVEN WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST YOU? 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: PLEASE LET ME SPEAK MR ARNAB, THIS IS NOT HOW AN INTERVIEW IS DONE. THERE IS NO PERSONAL RIVALRY IN DEMOCRACY. BUT THE CONTEXT IN WHICH YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BEING IN CONTACT TO FORM A GOVERNMENT, THERE WON'T BE A SITUATION LIKE THAT BECAUSE BJP WILL COME TO POWER WITH COMPLETE MAJORITY, MORE THAN WHAT WE HAVE NOW AND INCLUDING NDA WE WILL MOVE AHEAD WITH A GREATER TALLY THAN NOW. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: WHEN WE LAST SPOKE IN DECEMBER, YOU SAID THAT YOU WILL RETURN TO POWER WITH COMPLETE MAJORITY. TODAY I WANT YOU TO PREDICT THE FUTURE OF 23 MAY FOR ALL MY VIEWERS OF REPUBLIC NETWORK. I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION TO THE PRIME MINISTER 3 WEEKS AGO THAT HOW MANY SEATS WILL YOUR PARTY WIN? HOW MANY SEATS WILL BJP WIN IN UTTAR PRADESH AND HOW MANY MPs WILL NDA HAVE? 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: SEE, I WANT TO GIVE THE BASE OF THE ANSWER I AM GOING TO GIVE. ARNAB JI, WE HAVE MADE A SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO BRING A CHANGE IN THE LIVES OF 50 CRORE POORS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE GIVEN A GAS CYLINDER TO 7 CRORE PEOPLE. 2.5 CRORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A HOUSE. ELECTRICY HAS REACHED THE HOMES OF 2 CRORE AND 35 LAKH PEOPLE. 8 CRORE PEOPLE HAVE THE FACILITY OF TOILETS IN THEIR HOMES NOW, 50 CRORE PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE SCHEME UPTO 5 LAKH RUPEES BECAUSE OF THE BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY. TODAY THESE 50 CRORE PEOPLE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME REALSIED THAT AFTER INDEPENDENCE, SOMEONE IS THINKING ABOUT THEM IN THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE EXPERIENCING THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME. SECONDLY, WE HAVE WORKED TO TAKE FORWARD THE GLORY OF THIS COUNTRY. BE IT ABOUT SPACE, GLOBAL WARMING, SOLAR ALLIANCE, OR CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMITS, PEOPLE HAVE STARTING LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF INDIA. INDIA IS GAINING IMPORTANCE IN THESE AREAS. THE DAVOS SUMMIT WAS INAUGURATED BY INDIAN PRIME MINISTER. THE BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY GOVERNMENT AHS WORKED TO STRENGTHEN INDIA'S POSITION ON THE WORLD MAP. THE ASAT MISSILE TEST, SURGICAL STRIKE AND THE AIR STRIKE HAVE ASSURED PEOPLE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY. FORCES OF THE COUNTRY HAVE GAINED CONFIDENCE. WE HAVE BROUGHT THE ECONOMICS OF THE COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK. FROM 4.4% GDP INDIA IS NOW INDIA IS GROWING AT AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 7% RATE AND HAS BEEN THE FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY FOR ALL FIVE YEARS. MANMOHAN SINGH LEFT INDIA ON THE 11 RANK IN GROWING ECONOMIES, BJP HAS TAKEN INDIA TO RANK 6. LET THE DATA COME, AND WE WILL BE A PART OF THE TOP 5 ECONOMIES. PEOPLE ARE NOW WATCHING INDIA BECOME A SUPER POWER. WE HAVE GIVEN A LEADERSHIP WHICH IS NOT ACCUSED OF ANYTHING. OUR LEADER, NARENDRA MODI HAS NOT GONE ON A VACATION FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. HE WORKS HARD 18 OUT OF 24 HOURS. HE HAS THE ABILITY TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS, HE IS A SYMPATHETIC HUMAN. HE HAS EMPATHY WITH INDIA'S POOR AND HAS THE ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD KEEPING EVERYBODY WITH HIM. DESPITE HAVING COMPLETE MAJORITY, WE HAVE A GIVEN PLACE TO OUR FELLOW PARTIES IN U.P, ASSAM, JHARKHAND AND IN INDIAN GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE STARTED A NEW CULTURE IN DEMOCRACY. IN 2014, PEOPLE WERE FED UP OF THE CONGRESS' RULE AND HENCE VOTED FOR MODI. TODAY, BECAUSE OF THE 5 YEAR RULE OF NARENDRA MODI, PEOPLE ARE HOPEFUL THAT HE WILL MAKE INDIA A SUPER POWER. I BELIEVE THE OPPOSITION LACKS LEADERSHIP. THERE IS NO LEADER, NO POLICY, NO AGENDA. THEY HAVE LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN ONLY TO GAIN POWER. I CAN SEE THE IMPACT OF THESE TWO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS ON THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. ON THE BASIS OF THIS I ANNOUNCE THAT BJP WILL WIN MORE THAN 282 SEATS AND NDA WILL WIN MORE THAN 320 SEATS. OUR NDA ALLIANCE WILL GET MORE THAN 320 SEATS AND NARENDRA MODI WILL BECOME THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AGAIN, FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. 

ARNAB GOSWAMI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REPUBLIC TV: MR AMIT SHAH. THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR CHANNEL AND ANSWERING ALL OUR QUESTIONS. 

AMIT SHAH, BJP NATIONAL PRESIDENT: THANK YOU!

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