BJP President Amit Shah spoke to Republic TV’s Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami on Wednesday during the inaugural Republic Summit. He spoke about the threat by the Mahagatbandhan for the Lok Sabha 2019 polls and how the BJP plans to counter it.
Here's what he said:
"We will not be affected if you consider West Bengal, Northeast, Odisha, as we will gain in those states. We have a presence in all those states even in southern states. We had more than 12% votes in those states. Elections don't work on mathematics.
The reality of Mahagatbandhan is different than what is being portrayed. They don't exist if you picture the entire country. If Devegowdaji has a rally in Maharashtra, Mamataji campaigns in Gujarat, if Chandrababu Naidu campaigns in MP, will affect anyone? What will happen? They are regional leaders. Mahagatbandhan is a branti. They will contest in their regions. They are not in a position to help each other.
You said in three places in UP for the Lok Sabha polls we had lost but they were not to elect the PM Narendra Modi. Ïn the next polls, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress got together. We had the worst chances of winning, but we won 44% votes in the state. Even though the polls were not to elect Modiji.
The UP government has done really well. They have done well when in comes to law and order in the state and the people of the state.
There was Congress and SP alliance in UP during the state polls and people believed they would win 268 seats. The parties campaigned too but we won 325 seats."
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered at the first Republic Summit in Mumbai Tuesday, marks contours of what his re-election pitch is likely to be as we head into 2019.
He spoke about the recent Supreme Court verdict on the Rafale deal and the extradition of Christian Michel for the VVIP chopper case and several other development schemes brought by his government.