With three phases of the 2019 Lok Sabha election done and four phases left ahead of the big polls result day, BJP party chief Amit Shah on Wednesday spoke to Republic Media Network in a super exclusive interview with Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami from PM Modi's bastion Varanasi.
On being questioned over the speculations of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi contesting elections from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi constituency, Amit Shah declared that the party is not taking her candidature seriously because they have fielded none-other-than Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contest the elections from the highly-debated seat.
"Anyone can contest from here (Varanasi). It is a democracy. What is the big deal about it? We are not taking it seriously at all, because our contender from here (Varanasi) is final and it is Narendra Modi. He will contest from here (Varanasi)," Mr Shah said.
Adding that the people of Varanasi have immense love for Prime Minister, he declared that he will win the seat with a huge margin in the Lok Sabha polls.
"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 government that would impose emergency and snatch away everyone's rights. We want people to have the freedom to contest from where they want to," he added.
Later, on being questioned that Priyanka Gandhi has asserted that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will decide her candidature from Varanasi, he said:
"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. There is no factor. If she wants to contest, she must. Why create a hue & cry over it? Then she must file her candidature. Everyone has a right to contest. She may contest from here (Varanasi). We have no objections at all."
While Congress's newly-inducted general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has stated that she will fight elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from his bastion Varanasi constituency, she had left the decision on the party president.
"I have said this repeatedly that I will do what the party asks me to do," said Priyanka Gandhi in Amethi on April 23 while addressing a rally, according to news agency PTI.