New Delhi, March 1: Numbers make or break political parties during elections. If we look at numbers, Home Minister Rajnath Singh till date has attended 110 election rallies in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. In his interview to NDTV, the union minister reveals that he has 20 more such rallies lined up till the polling gets over in the state on March 8.
Even after attending mammoth numbers of rallies, Singh said he was not in the race to become the next chief minister of the state, if the Bharatiya Janata Party comes to power in UP. Till now, the BJP has refrained from naming any leader as its CM candidate. In several discussions, the name of Singh, the former CM of UP, has come out as the 'best BJP man' to lead the state, if the party wins the assembly polls in the state.
Talking about the decision of the BJP to stay away from naming any CM candidate, Singh said that the party had adopted similar tactics earlier in Haryana, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. "We had won elections in these states without having any CM face."
No bad language, please!
The home minister has denounced the 'low-level' of language used by politicians from all parties, including the BJP. Singh said that in democracy leaders should maintain dignity. However, he clarified that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's graveyard comments recently had been wrongly interpreted. He added that he would never use unparliamentary language in his speeches.
This time, polling for the assembly elections in the state has been divided into seven phases. While voting for five phases got over, two more polling sessions are scheduled on March 4 and 8. Manipur is also voting for the state assembly polls on March 4 and 8. The results of the assembly elections in five states--UP, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand--will be declared on March 11.