A smiling Amit shah addressed the press at the BJP headquarters in Delhi after BJP's resounding victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. While thanking the voters and party workers, the BJP's national president called BJP's victory historic. Amit Shah claimed that people had voted for politics of performance over caste and community lines.
"People have supported Modi's vision. This has been the biggest victory since independence. People have voted on the basis of performance. People have appreciated politics of performance," Amit Shah said. He also credited the victory to BJP's pro-poor policies and initiative like demonetisation. "Poor of the country have confidence in Narendra Modi and the entire nation looks up to him with expectations. The people appreciate government's initiatives of demonetisation and Jan dhan," Amit Shah added.
"Move past Hindu-Muslim"
Calling it a victory beyond the holds of caste, community and creed, Shah claimed that Narendra Modi's leadership and BJP workers' effort led to the victory. "Move past Hindu-Muslim; a voter is a voter. Politics of development should take place," Shah added.
Amit Shah's Kaam bolta hai jibe
Taking a jibe at Samajwadi party's campaign tagline, 'Kaam bolta hai', Amit Shah chose to answer a question on BJP's victory with the same line. "People have given their verdict. Work speaks for itself," Amit Shah said. Claiming that Demonetisation, in fact, helped the BJP seal the tremendous victory, Amit Shah deemed the move a hit with the people.
"Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi criticised demonetisation at every chance but this verdict shows that the people of the country support the Prime Minister's decision. The poor of the country identify with the vision Prime Minister has," he said.
On the question of the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah maintained that the Prime Miniter would be accorded a hero's welcome on Sunday at the party's headquarters in Delhi after which the parliamentary committee will choose the Chief Minister.
"We accept out defeat in Punjab. The prime Minister has already called and congratulated Capt Amarinder Singh," Amit Shah said.