NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah spoke to the media as his party is headed for a stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, trampling a fragmented Opposition that had hoped the demonetisation exercise would have hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity during the crucial elections.
He said, "We will fulfil the promises we have made to the people of Uttar Pradesh. We accept our defeat in Punjab. We will study the defeat in depth."
Talking about the Modi wave, he said, "Narendra Modi has made sure people got bank accounts. The poor of the entire nation are with the BJP. Party will pick a face on the basis of performance."
He added that the BJP has moved beyond the Hindu-muslim divide. He said, "Move past Hindu-Muslim, a voter is a voter; politics of development should take place. The PM has clearly said that in the first cabinet sitting, we will bring proposals for small farmers."
The election victory has positioned the BJP favourably for coming electoral contests. Shah said: "People accepted politics of performance; this historic mandate will take the country to a new direction. The win is a strong reply by the people after rival parties’ bitter campaigning against Narendra Modi. Narendra Modi has emerged as the most popular leader since India’s freedom."
He added that the BJP would form the government in four states, barring Punjab. "We will form government in four states (UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa), even in Punjab we got a good vote share.I thank crores of people and workers across the country who boosted our confidence. The BJP’s victory is a victory of the people and Narendra Modi’s policies," he said.