CHANDIGARH: The BJP will now focus on the five States of West Bengal, Orissa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh even as the party is looking to expand its base in these states, said party national president Amit Shah who was here on Saturday on a day-long visit.
The visit is part of Shah’s 95-day tour of the country to strengthen the party’s position ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
“Our government has completed three years and not even our political opponents can point any allegations of corruption, unlike the Congress which was hit by scams. Our government has been development-oriented and this is a big achievement for us,” he claimed.
When asked about the defeat in Punjab Assembly elections recently and whether BJP would continue its alliance with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Shah said the party is looking at the reasons for defeat and its alliance with the SAD will continue as of now.
Responding to the question on a Punjab BJP leader’s claim that 11 AAP MLAs were in contact with the BJP indicating their wish to join the party, Shah said no AAP MLA in Punjab approached them or was in contact with the party.
“Regarding Kashmir, such situations have happened many times since 1989 and we will control it. Security agencies have started their work against separatist leaders who are fuelling the fire on behest of Pakistan,” he said when asked about the turmoil in Kashmir.
When asked about the EVM controversy which has been raised by AAP and other political parties he questioned, “Ask AAP which EVM did they use to get 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi Assembly elections.’’
Shah also held a road show which started from Sector 48 and then passed through Sectors 47, 46, and 4, then to Sector 33 and 45 finally culminating at the BJP office in Kamlam in Sector 33.