BJP president Rajnath Singh calls the recent state victories the result of a collective effort, that there’s no single factor that brought in the votes. He also reveals that some regional parties are in talks with the BJP for pre-poll alliances. Excerpts from an interview with Panini Anand:
How do you see the mandate in the four states that went to the polls recently?
There is clear indication that the country is in a mood for change. People are disappointed with the performance of the Congress.
The BJP has performed well in Rajasthan and MP. It managed to retain Chattisgarh and did not get a clear majority in Delhi. So where is the Modi factor or wave except in Rajasthan? For MP, can one undermine Shivraj Singh’s efforts and work?
I don’t want to discount any factor. Shivraj Singh, Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje and Harshvardhan: their popularity was effective. But the popularity of Narendra Modi is a factor too and that has also...