BJP General Secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy says he is also a Hindu nationalist while speaking to The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla during Teekhi Baat on IBN7. Excerpts:
Rajiv Pratap Rudy is a Hindu nationalist or not?
It is a matter of pride to be a nationalist; we are all Hindu Rashtravadi in Hindustan.
You too are Hindu nationalist like Modi.
We all, I am.
You said Hindu Rashtravadi. It seems Modi is dictating your party agenda, your language. He talked regarding burkha of secularism, what was the problem if he used the word ghoonghat?
I feel Bihar’s chief minister has made Narendra Modi the leader of Bihar. In the same manner, thank you, you are making our work easier. The more you comment on Modiji, the people of the country after listening to you all and the Congress party would stand with us.
The new order is, to be in BJP, one has to praise Modi. He is the same Modi whom you didn’t allow to come to Bihar on the opinion of Nitish Kumar. You did not let him campaign; you all insulted him so much, be it Sushil Kumar Modi or other leaders of Bihar.
We would have to tell people we faulted, and we will have to rectify our mistake.
Do you think he is becoming popular?
Modiji has already become popular.
Then why don’t you announce him as Prime Ministerial candidate, if he is so popular?
Your suggestion is good. We will do it; party people are watching, they would decide.
You mean nobody other than Modi can become PM candidate?
That we have to decide, which we would not do because you asked or told us.
I am asking you, has it not been decided till now?
It has been decided.
Who would come with him? One party left after he was brought in.
There were many people with us in 2004 and 2009.
From 2004 to 2013, many have left; and nobody came.
We saw that the recipe of 2004 and 2009 was not successful. We toed the middle line; we were at 183 and came down to 143, then 116, now the people of the country have to be given an alternative. On the one had the man is known for his administrative skills, on the other he is a chief minister from our party. The party decided to appoint him as campaign committee chief.
It is decided that Modiji will become PM candidate.
It has been decided.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been prime minister. Have you seen anybody use words like burkha, kutte ka pilla etc?
If he said it was a deer, you would have said why deer word was used; if he said cat, you would have said why cat was used.
But he talked about somebody dying. You attacked Rajiv Gandhi so much when he said that when a giant three falls, the earth shakes.
How soft hearted is Narendra Modiji that he said that somebody is sitting in the rear seat of vehicle, and a puppy comes under the wheels of the car. You don’t understand the pain, but you people have poisoned mind like the Congressmen, you infer so many other things. Which society, which people, who thinks all this?
Won’t you be projected as Bihar CM?
No, we will contest next elections in Bihar under Sushil Modi’s leadership.
He will be made chief minister.
There should be no doubt about that.
You will go as Modi’s Hanuman.
As per party’s decision we will work towards prime ministerial seat for Narendra Modiji.