Prime Minister Modi in his first interview of 2019 intricately scrutinised BJP's loss of power in five state elections and accentuates on the achievements of his government.
PM Modi detailed the loses in the three Hindi heartlands- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in the Assembly elections on December 11, where he addressed anti-incumbency.
He said, "First if all, no one believed that BJP will make inroads in Telangana and Mizoram. In Chhattisgarh a clear mandate was given, BJP lost. But in 2 states there was a hung assembly. Second is about 15 years of anti-incumbency, our party was in power and its obvious that we are discussing and scheming our set-backs."
In Chhattisgarh, BJP was in power since 2003 under former chief minister Raman Singh who held onto his seat till 2018. Similar to Madhya Pradesh where BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan gripped Madhya Pradesh since 2005.
He further spoke about the victories of the party in the civic bypolls of Tripura and Panchayat elections of Jammu and Kashmir.
"But along with that, we won all the recent Haryana Municipal Corporation Elections. Even in Tripura we had a 90-95% victory, in Jammu and Kashmir with a voter turnout of 74%, BJP or the allies of BJP win the elections in all Panchayats, 30-35 thousand people win. Victory and loss is not the only yardstick," he added.