It was Cong vs all, now it is BJP vs all: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah has said his party will have to de­vise a strat­egy of “51% pol­i­tics” to de­feat ri­val elec­toral forces, in­clud­ing the Congress, that have joined hands de­spite se­ri­ous ide­o­log­i­cal and pol­icy dif­fer­ences.

Speak­ing to Hin­dus­tan Times in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view af­ter his ap­point­ment as party pres­i­dent for the se­cond time on Jan­uary 24, Shah said the cen­tral point of pol­i­tics has changed from the Congress to BJP. “In the past it used to be the Congress ver­sus all or Indira [Gandhi] ver­sus all. Now it is the BJP ver­sus all or Naren­dra Modi ver­sus all. Our ad­ver­saries have joined hands for their own sur­vival. And as elec­tions are a num­bers game in the end, the BJP must come up with a political strat­egy of 51% to de­feat th­ese forces. I see this as a plus for the strength of the BJP,” he said.

Shah will have a se­cond term co-ter­mi­nus with Modi’s term as prime min­is­ter till 2019.

While Shah ad­mit­ted the forth­com­ing elec­tions in As­sam, West Ben­gal, Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala posed a for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge to the BJP, he was con­vinced the party would break all past elec­toral records and have a hand in govern­ment for­ma­tion, par­tic­u­larly in As­sam.

Our ad­ver­saries have joined hands for their sur­vival. And as polls are a num­bers game, BJP must come up with a strat­egy of 51% to de­feat th­ese forces.

AMIT SHAH, BJP pres­i­dent

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