New Delhi, Jun 2: Syed Shahnawaz Hussain is a prominent Muslim face of BJP. He has been a spokesman of the party for a long time and was a Union minister in Vajpayee government.
Hussain believes that people of India will not accept Rahul Gandhi because he pulls up his sleeves, tears off rival parties' manifestoes, and acts like a Bollywood ‘Dabangg' at his rallies. He lacks a decent face, Hussain adds.
Hussain said, Congress Hatao will be his party's slogan at the next Lok Sabha elections, because "BJP does not need power, it's the nation which needs BJP the most for good governance."
In an exclusive interview to indiatvnews.com , he shared his views on a number of issues ranging from Modi's candidature for PM to ‘Bharat Nirman' campaign of Congress:
Q: Why is BJP hesitant in declaring Narendra Modi as its PM candidate in 2014 elections despite tremendous pressure from BJP cadres? Even pre-poll surveys indicate that you will benefit if Modi is your PM candidate then why are you in two minds?
Hussain: It's Congress and not the BJP that is in two minds. We are going to form the government this time and the next PM will be from BJP. Therefore we'll take the decision at the right time. Janardan Dwivedi of Congress has already said that Manmohan Singh will continue till 2014 only and that nothing can be said about post 2014 general election scenario. This is because it's BJP that will form the next government. BJP is a democratic party. The parliamentary board of the party that includes stalwarts like Atal Behari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi will decide who will be the PM candidate for 2014 elections. The parliamentary board will make the announcement at the right time.
Q: But when will this right time arrive? Your cadre is getting restless and elections are just a year away.
Hussain: We'll cross the bridge when we come to it. The party and the parliamentary board will take the decision at the right time. The decision can't be taken by any other party or any survey agency.
Q: What is your personal opinion about Narendra Modi's candidature for PM post?
Hussain: See, personal opinion does not matter. I am the spokesman of the party and my views will be seen as the party's view. I'll let you know once the party takes the decision. I can assure you that India TV will be the first to know about the decision.