Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP National Spokesperson and head of the BJP Minority Morcha speaks about Narendra Modi and BJP’s ideology with The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla during Teekhi Baat on IBN7. Excerpts:
Are you a Muslim face, or BJP’s face?
I am Indian, and a Muslim, am proud of both of them.
Who is your PM candidate?
Everybody knows our PM candidate is Narendrabhai.
There is a charge on Narendrabhai. Though not proven in court of law, that most atrocities against Muslims happened in his government.
This is a Congress propaganda.
There are cases in court.
After Independence, during Nehruji, Indiraji, Rajivji’s time, weak memory Narsimha Raoji’s time, so many riots have happened. During Narendra Modiji’s time, there was one riot, a train carrying karsevaks was burnt in Godhra. People were very angry, hence a riot happened, but it was controlled. Today, after that riot, not even one riot has happened. There is peace and harmony. Attempts are made to malign Gujarat and BJP’s name.
Congress asked for forgiveness for Operation Blue Star...
Modiji has expressed regret on issue of riots many times.
Why does he shy away from asking for forgiveness?
For what? He has already said that it was painful that the riots happened.
But he should ask for forgiveness. Sonia Gandhi asked for forgiveness. Manmohan Singh asked for forgiveness.
They sponsored the riots. Hence, they asked for forgiveness. But we did not sponsor the riots. Riots happened. We stopped them.
Is it good that Modi remains quiet on criminalisation of politics?
He has never remained quiet. Our party is against criminalisation. We have strengthened our voice against it. What is the difference between party and Narendrabhai?
Which means party is Narendrabhai and vice versa...
Yes, he is in the party and party’s ideology is his ideology.
Which means BJP’s thought process and Modi’s thought process is the same.