'Victory or defeat not the only reason to fight polls We believe in expanding ideology': Amit Shah

Kashmir Times. Dated: 2/14/2020 1:33:37 AM

NEW DELHI, Feb 13 (Agencies): Two days after BJP's crushing defeat at hands of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the saffron party may have suffered because of the "hate statements" made by some of its leaders.
The former President of BJP also said that slogans such as "goli maaro..." and comments like "India-Pakistan match" shouldn't have been made, adding the party was quick to distance itself from such remarks.
Shah conceded that his assessment of the Delhi elections, too, went wrong. The elections to the Delhi assembly happened at a time when the national capital was at the centre of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and proposed National register of Citizens (NRC).
The Home Minister, however, sought to rubbish suggestions that the Delhi verdict was any kind of referendum on the CAA and NRC.
"We do not fight elections just for victory or defeat; BJP is a party which believes in expanding its ideology," he said.
On Tuesday, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP came out with flying colours, winning 62 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly. The BJP did improve its vote share, but had almost no impact on the final tally of seats.



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