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Danda, goli maaro-type slogans unfortunate: Amit Shah

On the Aam Aadmi party storming its way back to power into Delhi, Shah said elections are not fought on any one factor. “The BJP made nationalism its focal point and statements by Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma were criticised. At times a karyakarta might say something, but it doesn't mean the party subscribes to it,” he said.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020, 08.20 AM IST
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Shaheen Bagh is not democratic protest: Amit Shah at Times Now Summit 2020
Shaheen Bagh is not democratic protest: Amit Shah at Times Now Summit 2020
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NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah has said it’s unfortunate that provocative statements were made during the election campaigning in Delhi. On the statement made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi that the “youth will soon attack Modi with danda (stick),” Shah said all statements of this kind, including goli maaro, were unfortunate.” Speaking at the Times NOW Summit, Shah on Thursday said it is unfair that only those statements made by BJP leaders get highlighted.

On the Aam Aadmi party storming its way back to power into Delhi, Shah said elections are not fought on any one factor. “The BJP made nationalism its focal point and statements by Anurag Thakur and Pravesh Verma were criticised. At times a karyakarta might say something, but it doesn't mean the party subscribes to it,” he said.

On his own statement asking voters to send current to Shaheen Bagh, he said, “The opposition has picked one sentence out of my speeches...I don't regret saying that.”

My assessment has gone wrong (on Delhi) and I don't have any hesitation in admitting it, he added.

“We have lost Jharkhand...but in Delhi, we have not only increased our seats but also our vote share,” he added.

Shah said, every election for him “is an opportunity to bring his ideology to people, and expand its acceptability.”

On the allegations of brutalities in Jamia, the home minister said: “I firmly stands with the police. No one has the right to burn buses, or cars.”

“What should a democratic protest look like. It should be a subject of discussion. If the supporters have the right to protest, we have the right to put forward our point of view,” he said.

“I have replied to every question. Protests cannot happen o speculation,” the minister said. There is no decision on NRC but it is certainly part of BJP's manifesto, he said.

On Kasmir, Shah said: “Whoever wants can go. Certain leaders are booked under a specific law but otherwise there is no restriction on anyone. Only recently Yashwant Sinha went. Some others too went and complained there was no media to cover them.”

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