Days after the results of Assembly Elections 2018, BJP President Amit Shah spoke on the developments in the electoral politics for the Bharatiya Janata Party with Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami at the Day 2 of the inaugural Republic TV Summit 2018 on Wednesday. On being asked whether the results of the assembly elections 2018, where the BJP lost in three of the Hindi-heartland states in the country, were a downside for the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the party president said:
"We believe that results of the three states did not come in favour for the BJP, but to connect this result with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will not be correct. If I believe your theory, then when in 2004 we had won in 3 states and UPA came into power, therefore, it is not appropriate to connect these results with the upcoming elections. Both elections are fought on different agendas. 2019 Lok Sabha elections is going to be fought between the change that have happened before and after the elections of 2014. It will be fought on the basis of the leader who will take the charge."
Later, on being questioned about the decrease in BJP's vote share in the three states in assembly polls, party president Amit Shah stated:
"The comparison is with Congress. In a big state like Madhya Pradesh, we received more votes but they got more seats so they formed the government. They won. But the difference in the number is not.
Furthermore, while addressing the question on 'why there is a specific comparison with the Congress', Amit Shah asserted that since the Congress party succeeded BJP in the three Hindi-heartland states, comparison comes out naturally.
"There was major competition between the two parties in the three states. Congress came out as the successor. So, it is natural that there will be a comparison between Congress and BJP. However, let's not limit 2019 with only three states. In 2014, BJP had government in 6 states, but now it has government in 16 states. Now you tell me who will win in the 2019 election! Why limit it to only three states? This can repeat in 2019 very easily," added the BJP president.