RSS chief’s statement had no negative impact in Bihar: Rajnath

New Delhi (PTI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh today rejected suggestions that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s quota review remark had a negative impact on NDA’s poll prospects in Bihar and said social equations of the ‘Grand Alliance’ had cost the BJP-led grouping dearly.

Singh also asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be held responsible for NDA’s humiliating defeat.

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“Bhagwat’s statement was not damaging. It was nothing controversial. We can’t think like that. He had only said that reservation should continue,” Singh said. Bhagwat had said there is a need to have a fresh look as to who should get the benefit of quota, in comments that kicked up a political storm ahead of the Bihar polls.

The Home Minister said this when asked whether the RSS chief’s statement favouring review of reservation policy had a negative impact on the prospects of NDA.

“Social equations of Mahagathbandhan hamare upar bhari padi (social equation of Grand Alliance cost us dearly),” he told reporters at a ‘Diwali Milan’ here when asked for reasons for NDA’s defeat. The winning alliance comprised JD(U), RJD and Congress.

The Home Minister laughed at a question whether Modi will resign as Prime Minister taking moral responsibility for the BJP defeat, asking, “what kind of question is this?”
“It’s BJP’s loss and not of the Prime Minister,” he said.

Singh, a former BJP chief, also ruled out the possibility of party chief Amit Shah being removed over the Bihar debacle.

“Amit Shah will remain as party chief for six more years. There is no hurdle. In fact, he got one and half years of my own tenure (as party chief) when I had moved from the party to the government. After that he is entitled to two terms (of three years each),” he said.
Singh said the BJP will study and analyse all aspects of party’s defeat in the polls and will take action accordingly.

“Victory and defeat are part of the democratic process. We had won elections in the past, we had lost elections in the past. We will not do justice to future if we decide future only on the basis of one elections,” he added.

The Home Minister was candid in admitting that the results had puzzled him as he had seen good public presence during 50 rallies addressed by him.

Asked about controversial statements made by some of the party leaders to whip up communal tension, Singh said “if there is any secular party in the country, it is BJP.”

3 Comments

  1. NEED NOT HAVE TO PUT ANY BLAME ON THE RSS CHIEF OR MR. MODI FOR THE TRAGIC FAILURE OF BJP IN BIHAR.
    MR. MODI DELIVERED HOT POLITICAL SERMONS IN 26 BJP RALLIES, OUT OF THAT ONLY 10 VICTORY AND 16 LOST.

    PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS IN INDIA WERE CALLING UPON GOD WITH GREATER ALARM DUE TO THE DANGEROUS MARCH OF THE NATION TOWARDS TOTAL DISORDER UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE BJP. THE HUMAN LIVES HAD NO VALUE, BUT THE CATTLE BECAME VERY VALUABLE. GOD PAID ATTENTION TO THE PRAYERS OF THE HUMAN BEINGS, THUS THE PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED.

  2. Not at all ya Rajanatha, and you know, my Parrot can sing ‘Yum Tee Vee Subbalaxmi’ge’ better than the Original singer!

    I wonder what is our beloved Rampa’s take on his Pradhana Sevaka’s ‘Tusssnaaami’ becoming ಟುಸ್ಸ್ like a ಚಂಡಿ ಒಲೆ ಪಟಾಕಿ.

  3. @ Joker Praveena Pinto – After winning 44 seats in 2014, I’m sure that you are an expert on ‘ಚಂಡಿ ಒಲೆ ಪಟಾಕಿ’!! LOL

    @ AS ‘Beef’ Mathew – Thanks for those details. Could you please tell us how many rallies were attended by Tourist and Prince back in 2014 and how many seats they won? Also, I am glad that ‘imaginary’ God has helped you win 4th place in Bihara!! smiles…

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