The country can expect a politically charged month as all the parties have begun campaigning in full swing, with their top leaders scheduled to hold multiple rallies. Amid the on-going 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP chief Amit Shah spoke to Republic Bharat Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami on the key election agenda for the BJP and the party's vision for India. The BJP president also countered the opposition charge that 'Narendra Modi and Amit Shah know nothing about diplomacy'. He said:
"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 and has backed Narendra Modi, including China, that it is India's right to self-defence".
Continuing his attack on Congress, he further added:
"Secondly, the three things that they have promise, first, dilution of AFSPA, second, scrapping the sedition law and 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 Jawaharlal Nehru. We weren't present in the constitution committee."
He went on to say that 'India is in a better position to respond to Pakistan'.
"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".
He also touched upon opposition's personal attacks and propaganda against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and himself. He said that they lack of important issues is the reason why opposition is making an attempt to take the election on a different track of 'Personal attack'. He said:
"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 Modi Ji'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".