BJP national general secretary Bhupender Yadav, a Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, is considered one of the architects of the party’s dominant performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
In-charge of party affairs in Gujarat and Bihar, he works closely with BJP president Amit Shah in expanding the organisation. He spoke to Political Editor Bhavna Vij-Aurora about how the BJP swept the nation. Excerpts…
The scale of BJP’s victory is immense. How would you sum up the party’s performance?
The biggest reason is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his government’s achievements. The first thing is the government’s sincerity towards implementation of welfare policies for the poor. The government worked in a transparent manner towards raising the living standard of the poor. The second important issue is of national security. Then there is the decisiveness of the government. The earlier UPA government was a victim of policy paralysis but PM Modi changed everything. Also, five years ago, when we formed the government, India was among the fragile five economies of the world, and now India is in top five. That is one of the biggest achievements of the Modi government.
Along with the government, the party too continued to make strides. It inc reased its membership to 11 crore and they underwent extensive training and contact programme. The government’s work was taken to the masses by crores of party workers under the leadership of Amit Shah. His leadership went a long way in ensuring BJP’s victory. When we came to power in 2014, we were ruling only five states, and now we are in power in more than 15 states along with allies. The BJP has emerged as the nucleus of Indian polity and a party that represents all sections of society.
The party lost three Hindi heartland states, including Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, just a few months ago. How did you turn around your fortunes?
Defeat in the assembly elections had local reasons and also antiincumbency. There wasn’t much difference in vote share of both the parties. These elections were for Lok Sabha and for leadership of Modi.
It is being said that the mandate is for Narendra Modi and not for the BJP…
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June 10, 2019