BJP president Amit Shah is confident that the recent results of five assembly elections may not influence 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Admitting that BJP suffered a lot in these five states, in which it lost power in three states to Congress, he said he is sure the party will return back in Lok Sabha polls.
The election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were definitely not favourable for BJP, but it is not right to link them with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said. He felt that State polls can’t be linked to Lok Sabha poll results as both elections are fought on separate issues.
He said that issues before people during Lok Sabha polls will be entirely different. “The issues of elections are: in five years how have we ensured national security and defeated corruption. We have provided toilets in eight crore homes and electricity in 2.5 crore homes,” he added.
Addressing the Republic Summit in Mumbai, he also said that he is confident that Shiva Sena will be with BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. In 2014 polls, both the parties contested together and even now sharing power both at the center and also in the state. However, Shiva Sena turned critical to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governance. Amit Shah said that talks are in progress with Shiva Sena over sharing seats.
The BJP chief said that BJP’s return to power is not only important for the party, but also to the nation. For the country, he said a strong government should comes to power. He recalled that in 2014, BJP had governments only in six states. But now, he said they in 16 states BJP is in power. So tell me who will win 2019 polls, he asked.
The BJP chief made light of the opposition ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance), calling it an illusion and expressed confidence that the BJP will retain power after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “The reality of the opposition ‘mahagathbandhan’ is different. It (the opposition alliance) doesn’t exist and is a ‘bhranti’ (illusion),” he added.
“The mahagathbandhan does not exist anywhere. We have fought against all of them in 2014 and defeated them to form the government. They are all regional leaders, they can’t help each other,” he said. Shah said the BJP will gain in West Bengal, North-East and Odisha in 2019.
The BJP chief said it does not matter who is pitted against Narendra Modi in the 2019 polls (as prime ministerial aspirant). “We are going ahead on the basis of our strengh and not on the basis of someone’s weakness,” he added.