Onboard [India], Mar. 6 (ANI): Expressing confidence over achieving a favourable mandate in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday said the Samajwadi Party accepted its defeat the day it formed an alliance with the Congress.
"The Samajwadi Party, after ruling the state for five years, sewed an alliance with a party that had always opposed its ideology. This makes it clear that the grand old party has lost the confidence to win," Shah told ANI News Editor Smita Prakash in an exclusive interview while on his way to Somnath.
Once again raking up the issue of 'shamshaan and kabristaan,' Shah said there is nothing wrong to point out something which was actually done by a government.
"Giving less money for a Shamshaan ghat and more for Kabristaan is wrong. Is bringing this in front of people wrong? We only brought out what they actually did. If saying it is a crime, then doing it is a bigger crime. Why is it pinching if somebody raised this issue?" he said.
Maintaining the same stand on his 'Kasab' statement, the BJP president said there was nothing non-secular about, adding that he did not link it with religion.
"I did not uproot the tree of secularism by mentioning about 'Kasab'. What is so non-secular about it? He was a terrorist. Why is everyone linking it with religion? I did not say anything personal about anyone," he said.
Shah asserted that the BJP will form the government in Uttar Pradesh with 2/3rd majority, adding that it will also form government in other states also, including Manipur.
Uttar Pradesh is going to witness the last leg of its seven-phased elections on March 8.
The counting of votes will take place on March 11. (ANI)