News18 Network hosted ‘News18 Agenda India’ on March 31 which saw a confluence of big newsmakers bringing forth their agenda for the nation. In a freewheeling interview conducted by CNN News18’s group editor Rahul Joshi, Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah did not shy away from answering who is ‘Number 2’ in the party. Here’s a look at Amit Shah’s top quotes from the event:
On Party Leadership: There is only one number one in our party and that is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Were you to look for a number two after him, you wouldn’t find any. As far as the leadership of the party is concerned, I’m very happy to be leading the world’s largest party and often seek suggestions from my seniors. (Image: News18)
On Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: Media covers Priyanka drinking water, putting lipstick. That’s not a big deal for us. She has been in politics for 12 years now, this is the 13th year. (Image: News18)
On Rahul Gandhi's NYAY Scheme: There is no dearth of schemes. Their effectiveness lies in implementation. From Nehru to Indira to Sonia to Rahul, they have announced schemes, but five generations later we are still poor. Why? Slogans are useless, one needs to have the will to implement schemes, which Modi ji has. (Image: News18)
On UP Mahagathbandhan: The age of vote bank politics is over. People make up their own minds. Two parties coming together to combine their strength would have worked in the years of vote bank politics, but not anymore. (Image: News18)
Rahul Contesting from Wayanad: Amethi is tough for him this time. Smriti Irani has visited Amethi in the last five years more than Rahul. I’m not saying he ran away to Wayanad because Amethi is tough for him. (Image: News18)
On Ram Temple Construction: We haven’t moved away from our promise of building a ram temple. It is our commitment. We don’t accept it as a disputed land. It is for the opposition parties to clarify if they want the temple or not. (Image: News18)
On Economy: The whole world is looking at India with respect. India will be in top five economies by March. From Nehru to Rahul, they have been promising to eradicate poverty. But what happened?
On Unemployment: The structure of GDP has changed. Eight crore households have access to toilets now, shouldn’t that reflect in the GDP? Data should be aligned with development priorities. Economists should think about it.
On China and Masood Azhar: It was Nehru who gave China the UNSC membership on a platter. China is isolated in its veto for Masood Azhar, eventually they will have to support us.
On Terror Policy: We have changed the battleground. Earlier it was here, now after every terror incident we pay them back in the same coin and we hit where they are based. If strikes like the Balakot operation were carried out 10 years ago, attacks like Pulwama wouldn’t have happened. (Image: News18)
Chowkidar Campaign: It is not a BJP campaign, it is a campaign started spontaneously by the people of India to protest the insult meted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image: News18)