On day two of the Republic Summit 2018, BJP president Amit Shah gave a keynote address, giving an overview of '2019 and beyond,' further exemplifying the political agenda for India.
When questioned whether the party fears to face a spill-over in Uttar Pradesh, a 'Hindi heartland', after winning two successive electoral victories, Amit Shah narrated how different states work with a differing political ideology,
He said, "There has not been just one political culture in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. There are two states, functioning with different political cultures. In the name of 'Hindi heartland, you (Arnab) will even attach Haryana and Delhi to it, but every state has its own influence and problems. The work that the Indian government has undertaken, the improvement that has been brought and the way in which the nation has progressed under the Modi government is a huge matter and cannot be undermined."
When asked about seat counting and prospects of analysis by editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, he said, "I am not against analysis, but the topics for elections are different, the ground reality is different and so is the field of election different.
Speaking of the upcoming elections, Amit Shah confidently said, "Winning is not necessary, we will win. Not just for BJP but for the country. It is vital that we have a strong government in the country. This is important for BJP because we are a political party but it is more important for the country."
"We won't be affected at all if you leave West Bengal, North-east and Orissa we will win. Congress is nowhere in North-east," he added.