Home Minister Rajnath Singh who will be contesting for the BJP from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh spoke to Republic Media Network's Political Editor Aishwarya Kapoor for 'On The Road' show.
The senior politician opened up about several issues including the BJP's strategy for Uttar Pradesh, the party's promise of doubling farmers' income, the situation in West Bengal and much more.
Rajnath Singh spoke on the BJP's strategy in Uttar Pradesh, "We had got 73 seats in 2014, we are trying to get 74 and, ensuring it does not get to 72 and we are moving in that direction," he said.
He also spoke about Congress' stand on the Balakot strikes where it had questioned the forces. "Those who try to raise questions on the jawans, the country will never forgive them," he said.
He also reacted to Congress' Navjot Singh Sidhu hugging Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the ground-breaking ceremony for Kartarpur Corridor.
"It is unfortunate, no one would have thought that Congress will have someone who will hug a person who is against the self-respect of India," he said.
On farmers' issue being BJP's key poll agenda and Congress saying that the party has given up on farmers, he said:
"The Prime Minister has taken a pledge and we are moving in that direction. Let the Congress say it is jumla (gimmick) all they know is to use abusive language. That until 2022, we will double farmers income," he said. "There are 22 items which the government has finalised whose price is 1.5 times of income cost. The government has reduced the income cost also. Earlier farmers did not get the fertilizers. PM Modi has begun the initiative to give the Rs 6,000 income support so that in case of shortage the farmers can fulfil it. By 2022, we will double their income," he added.
He also predicted that in the next assembly elections in West Bengal, the BJP will come to power in the state with its own strength.
"The days of Left had come to end and now the days of TMC will also come to an end and... in the next assembly polls, the party will come to power by itself," he said