No early polls, confident of victory in upcoming elections: Amit Shah to India Today

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah told India Today that he is confident BJP will form the government in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

While talking to Rahul Kanwal, News Director at India Today, Shah said that there was no anti-incumbency against the BJP in the three states. Shah also ruled out the possibility of an early election.

However, Shah also emphasised on the need to have “one nation, one poll”.


On the Rafale deal, Shah said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clarified every detail about the deal. He reiterated that the basic cost of aircraft is less as informed by the Defence Minister.

Responding on the Rafale deal, Shah also took a jibe at the Opposition by saying, “who will you take seriously, the Defence Minister or those who are jobless?”


Talking about demonetisation, Shah said that the NDA government had three objectives behind the move – to get the money being hoarded abroad; bring those who are outside the tax net; and to take action against those defaulting on taxes.

When asked about billionaire scamster Nirav Modi, Shah said that the government was working towards getting them back.

“We are working on getting them back. But our policies have ensured that it sets an example so that no one tries to do it again. Authorities are working on bringing the fugitives back,” Shah told India Today.

When asked about media freedom, Shah said that facts should be brought out and no one should go by hearsay. He added that media should follow ethics.

Shah also refuted reports suggesting rift with allies. He said that all the allies of NDA were together and that the Opposition was spreading rumours.


The BJP president also spoke about the recent National Register of Citizens (NRC) that created a stir after the first draft of Assam excluded nearly 40 lakh people. When asked about the demand for a similar draft in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, Shah said that the matter is currently with the Supreme Court.

“We have tried to identify those who are outsiders. Congress did not do it in 70 years. Those who are citizens of India will not be left out be it an army man or a poor man,” Shah told India Today.


When asked about Imran Khan’s victory in Pakistan and if it had any significance to the ties between India and Pakistan, Shah said that he will comment only after Khan takes oath as the prime minister.

“Let Imran Khan take oath, then we will see,” said Shah.

Apart from talking on the upcoming elections, fugitive offenders, Shah also spoke about the anti-BJP posters that surfaced in Kolkata recently.

“I have got publicity via Mamata Banerjee’s posters. Our party does not have enough funds and Mamata gave me publicity,” Shah told India Today.

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Updated: August 10, 2018 — 10:51 pm