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Statements like 'goli maro' should not have been made: Amit Shah after Delhi poll debacle

After the humiliating defeat in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the party may have suffered the loss because of the hate statements made by some of the party leaders.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 14, 2020 0:00 IST
BJP suffered because of hate statements made by party leaders: Amit Shah after polls debacle
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BJP suffered because of hate statements made by party leaders: Amit Shah after polls debacle 

After the humiliating defeat in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the party may have suffered the loss because of the hate statements made by some of the party leaders. He said that statements like 'goli maro' and 'Indo-Pak match' should not have been made and that the party distanced itself from such remarks.

Shah accepted that his assessment on Delhi elections was wrong. He said, "We do not fight elections just for victory or defeat; BJP is a party which believes in expanding its ideology." 

Shah was asked a question about a few BJP leaders raising slogans like 'goli maro' and talking about the 'Indo-Pak match' during the Delhi elections campaigning. He admitted that the BJP may have suffered in the polls because of the statements made by some of its leaders.

"It is possible that our performance may have suffered because of this," he said.

Shah said his assessment on Delhi elections went wrong but asserted that the result of the polls was not a mandate on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) or the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He said anyone who wants to discuss issues related to CAA with him can seek time from his office. "(We) will give time within three days," he added.

Strongly defending the CAA, which provides for Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the home minister said there is no such provision in the new law that will take away the citizenship of Muslims.

"We have never discriminated against anyone on the ground of religion. There is no provision in the CAA which says that citizenship of Muslims will be revoked. Don't just criticise CAA, but discuss it on the basis of merits. CAA is neither anti-Muslim nor anti-minority. I am ready to meet anyone, but discussions need to happen on merit. Unfortunately, nobody wants to come forward and discuss CAA," he said.

Shah also said that so far the government has not taken any decision on rolling out the NRC for the whole country and made it clear that those unwilling to show documents during the the National Population Register exercise were free to do so.

He, however, said the NRC was a promise of the BJP in its election manifesto.

Asked about the ongoing agitations against the CAA, Shah said everyone has a right to peaceful protest but violence is not justified.

"We tolerate non-violent protests, but vandalism can't be tolerated. Silent protest is a democratic right," he said.

On Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said everyone, including politicians, are free to visit the newly-created Union Territory whenever they want to and there is no restriction on anyone's movement.

Asked about the detention of three former chief ministers -- Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti -- he said it was a decision of the local administration to slap them with the Public Safety Act.

Omar Abdullah has approached the Supreme Court and let the judiciary take a decision on it, he said. 

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