After implementing a master strategy during the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and even Manipur assembly elections, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to ink a mammoth win in UP and Uttarakhand and probably in the other two states too, party President Amit Shah today addressed a press conference in his trademark saffron waistcoat but refused to make any aggressive, or arrogant statements to rub his rivals noses in the dirt. Instead, he played the role of a statesman to the hilt. After bowing his head in gratitude to the public for its massive support to make these wins possible as well as thanking prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support and providing direction to his strategy, Shah said that the victory was possible because of the BJP’s agenda of development. He was then asked about the general perception of BJP winning because of its hard saffron image, but Shah quickly dashed that line of questioning by saying “India has exited Muslim-Hindu divide. Move past Muslim-Hindu dichotomy, a voter is a voter; politics of development should take place.”
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To that he added that nothing but development and economic well-being of the people mattered and the BJP was bent on delivering on its promise of reforms and progress, the rest was all noise to be ignored. He said, “People accepted politics of performance; this historic mandate will take the country in a new direction.”
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On one of the biggest questions now being asked by the country was about who will be the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh? Shah turned reticent over this and preferred to provide a diplomatic rebuff to the gathered mediamen. He said, “Party yogyata ke aadhar par chehra chunegi.” (Party will choose the candidate on the basis of qualification).
Indicating how he read the election and the possibilities concerned, Amit Shah sounded confident about the next step by the BJP over the elections to the four assembly elections. He said, “We will form governments in 4 states (UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa), even in Punjab we got a good vote share.”