In this Walk the Talk on NDTV 24X7 with The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, BJP president Rajnath Singh explains why they are so confident of returning to power, says Muslims have no reason to be scared of the party, and calls Modi an organisation man.
You can’t stop smiling these days.
That should remain the case… The truth is that throughout the country, the enthusiasm that can be seen towards the BJP, the NDA is very encouraging. In all likelihood, not only will the BJP reach the magic figure of 272 on its own but get more than 300 seats as part of the NDA.
You don’t seem to have any worries. Are you that sure about opinion polls?
No, no, not just opinion polls. One always has an idea beforehand. This time the indications are absolutely clear.
This time, the RSS too seems to be putting in a lot of effort.
Waise to hum log bhi sab RSS ke hi volunteers hain (That way, we are all RSS volunteers). But the RSS too feels that the country is facing challenges on all fronts, be it economy, internal security or diplomacy. If the situation is this 67 years after Independence, anyone with a nationalist bent of mind would think that, for the sake of the country, a change is needed. This is felt not just by the RSS but the entire country. If there is a better alternative, it is the BJP.
However, this change needed a big leap of faith, which you took, choosing your leader so far ahead, and finally running this election as ‘Abki baar Modi sarkar’.
It’s not like that. Whatever happened, happened very smoothly and after taking everyone into confidence.
What you did in terms of picking a leader beforehand, over other senior leaders — in the Indian context, Modi is a young leader, even I am a child before you in our politics — it was a cultural shift in the BJP. A high command culture seems to be coming in the BJP now.
I don’t agree. It’s BJP tradition to declare a PM candidate whenever there is a Lok Sabha election. We did it in the case of Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee), in 2009, we named (L K) Advaniji, and in 2014, we have named Modiji. It’s but natural that if someone is projected as the PM candidate, he or she will be projected in our advertisements, promotions. And I believe everyone should talk about their PM candidates, inform the people about them.
But now it seems the BJP’s campaign headquarters has shifted to Ahmedabad. Take continued…