BJP President Rajnath Singh talks about the party’s chances in the 2014 polls, Modi’s role and the party’s soaring graph ahead of elections with The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on Sachchi Baat on NewsX.
Opinion polls have been giving you so many seats. Do you believe in them?
From the reports coming from all the opinion polls, one thing is clear that Bharatiya Janata Party has been continuously stepping forward in a rapid way.
It hasn’t stepped forward in comparison with the progress noted two months ago.
You will see the difference between the present survey reports and the reports that were done two months ago. The number of MLAs who are expected to win the 2014 Lok Sabha election has been increasing day by day. Two-three months are still remaining and during these months, the BJP will surely get the magic figure of over 272 seats.
If we keep the average, it seems the BJP will not cross 225 seats.
I don’t think so. Our target is over 272.
Will you get all these seats with the help of NDA.
Our target is the eye of the bird.
Will BJP get a majority?
It can be possible because of the situation of the country.
What magic you have done?
The Congress ruled in India for around 68 years. It has disappointed the people of the country. People think the BJP is the only party that can provide them good government and safety... All the states, including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Gujarat, where the BJP has its government, people admit this truth. The Congress was ruling there, but for the last three times, the BJP has been winning.
Your stand on Telangana...
We established three new states during the BJP-led NDA government. The states separated, distributed sweets. We established three new states after a common acceptance. The UPA Government wanted to divide Andhra Pradesh. But, they failed to create a common acceptance among the people of Telangana and Seemandhra. But, the BJP’s concept is clear, in favour of making separate Telangana. We will build up pressure on government that the problems in creating Telangana should be solved.
What is the reason in making allies in three years?
Just wait. Whenever we need allies, there would be several of them.
But pre-election alliances have not happened.
There is no need. Now, the BJP’s graph is soaring in the country in comparison with the past.
This time you need allies or not.
We don’t have urgent need of allies.
There is no collective leadership. There is only Modi, Modi and Modi. No other person is in the picture.
Yes, there is collective leadership. It is a tradition that whenever there is PM’s election in the country or CM election in states, we project both candidates. Back then, we had projected the names of Atalji and Advaniji. It is a natural thing, whenever we project anyone, he comes in the limelight.
Atalji and Advaniji are very senior leaders. They established the party and created leaders like you. It’s all right, Modi has good credibility. But where is the image of a team leader?
We take collective decision on all issues.
It is said about Modi that he did not give a chance to any new leader in his state. Who is number two there?
You can put this allegation on anyone.
I can give you the names of 15 leaders in UP, who were in your time, or there are three-four people in MP who are capable for the post of CM. But there is no one in Gujarat.
There are several people in Gujarat. You have no information about Gujarat.
Is it not the reason that he is the Chief Minister there and the Prime Minister candidate at the same time?
I told Modiji to be the CM of Gujarat.
Is there no alternative in Gujarat?
No, he had asked me what he should do now that he has been projected as a PM candidate. I told him he should wait. I will take a decision after the Lok Sabha election.
People say around 10 to 15 crore are spent on every rally.
There is an ambition and enthusiasm in the people.
Why will people vote for you?
Not only in India, but all the political analyst of the world has started accepting the truth that BJP is the only party that has the ability to give good governance in India.
In the leadership of Modi. He will give good governance.
Yes. No doubt.