Expressing confidence that the BJP would win the UP elections next year with a clear majority, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said his party does not believe in the politics of polarisation and would try to bridge any “trust deficit” with minorities through government schemes.
As the NDA government marked two years in power on Thursday, Singh told The Indian Express during an exclusive interview: “We don’t fight elections on religious lines. If there is a trust deficit between a particular community and us, we will try to bridge it through our schemes. What do other political parties do? They create a sense of fear in the minds and hearts of the minorities. They say when the BJP will come, this will happen, that will happen. Several states have BJP governments. Where is there any crisis for minorities?”
Asked if the BJP has benefited from a politics of polarisation, Singh said, “I feel that even if we could benefit from the politics of polarisation, we would not want to derive such benefits. We are not in politics only to form governments, we are in it to build the country.”
Singh spoke on a range of topics, including the AAP’s demand for control over Delhi Police, a timeline for the Naga peace accord, the BJP’s face for the UP elections and the controversial police action inside JNU.
In a clear indication that the Centre would not hand over charge of Delhi Police to the AAP government, Singh said “Has anything changed in matters that are actually under him (Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal)? First do something about things you have under you. And don’t forget, it’s a union territory and not a state.”
Stressing that the Centre was moving fast on the Naga accord, he said, “The work of taking the framework agreement to its final stage will be completed in the coming few months.”
Even though he remained non-committal on whether BJP would announce a chief ministerial candidate for UP, Singh said his party would win comfortably and that its contest would be with the SP and BSP, depending on the region.
Asked about the JNU row, and the police action inside the university, Singh said, “All caution was taken by Delhi Police. The issue is old now. Let the matter go to court. Let Delhi Police file a chargesheet. If they have anything more, they will put it there. If any wrong action has been taken against anybody by Delhi Police, the court will pass strictures.”