How do you see AAP as a political force, the announcement of its populist measures and what it will achieve in the Gujarat state assembly polls?
Every party has the right to work anywhere in the country, but it is up to the people whether to accept the party or not. Wait for the election results, AAP’s name might not appear in the list of successful candidates.
And people also know that if someone makes more promises than the budget, they cannot be kept. AAP is nowhere in the minds of the people of Gujarat.
The opposition has accused the government of misusing investigative agencies against political opponents.
There is an independent and neutral judiciary in the country, and if there is any misuse of investigative agencies, they can go to justice.
People’s Front of India (PFI) was banned by the government – what was the need?
The Modi government decided to ban PFI after gathering a lot of information and evidence related to their anti-national activities, mainly to incite youth into terrorism by radicalizing them.
Such activities clearly indicate their intentions and goals, and several states have called for a ban on PFI.
Such activities of any organization will not be accepted by the Modi government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism and radicalisation.
Recently, the BJP announced the formation of anti-radicalization cells in its manifesto for the Gujarat assembly polls. Will a similar measure be taken in other BJP-ruled states?
BJP’s Gujarat unit has taken a good initiative and let it be implemented first. It will be given a form; its working mechanism will be decided.
Radicalization needs to be checked not only in Gujarat but across the country. We should all try to check radicalization because it is not good for the society and the people. And it can be considered nationally and in other states.
Radicalization has nothing to do with any sect, but we all know what forces drive radicalization. And the whole world is worried.
National issues are being raised in Gujarat elections. What was the need to raise national issues in a state poll?
Gujarat security is related to national security or not? Gujarat security and national security are not different issues.
And if the country is not safe, how can Gujarat be safe? Therefore, national security is the main issue in all the polls in the state assemblies.
We cannot afford to affect national security anywhere in the country. And being a border state, people of Gujarat are sensitive about national security. But we have fulfilled their expectations.
As you said national security is the main issue, are people affected or not? Or they care more about issues like inflation\
See my job is to spread my message. I try to get my message across to people. The results will tell whether the public accepts it or not. And inflation is a global challenge. India is the least affected and I am sure India will deal with this problem effectively.
Law and order in Gujarat is constantly being debated and raised by the BJP during the elections.
Our achievement is that there is no law and order problem in the border state of Gujarat. We are explaining and telling people that since they took faith in BJP, there is no such problem here.
The BJP has been focusing on its expansion in southern and eastern states, but is yet to form a government in states like Kerala and West Bengal.
In West Bengal our vote share has gone up to 40 percent and the BJP has won 18 Lok Sabha seats. He will improve further in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and form the government in the near future.
Our vote share has increased in Odisha. In Telangana, we have become the main opposition party. We will do well in Andhra Pradesh. The party is doing well in Tamil Nadu. The expansion of cadre-based parties cannot happen overnight. It takes time but we are doing well in these situations.
You are emphasizing imparting technical education in Hindi and regional languages. What is the need for it?\
Engineering, medicine and law should be taught in Hindi and regional languages. All state governments should take the initiative to properly translate the curriculum of these three areas of education into the regional languages and plan for students to study in these three areas in their mother tongue. This will promote the country’s talent in higher education.
Currently we can only use five percent of the talent in the country, but with this initiative, we would be able to use one hundred percent.
And this five percent comes from English origins. And I have nothing against English as a language in itself. It is that a student’s ‘maulik chintan’ (original thinking) can be better in mother tongue and there is a strong connection between ‘maulik chintan’ and ‘anusandhan’ (research).
You say that you are a history student and you have been making various suggestions about the history curriculum.
I have appealed to the history students that they should study the 300 leaders of our past who were ignored by the historians and 30 such kingdoms who ruled India for more than 150 years and gave a very effective model of governance.
Students must learn and write about them, and teachers must motivate them. How long will we make a hue and cry about what historians have written. Now that times have changed in the country, people should know the real history.
BJP is winning elections, but its dependence on the Prime Minister is increasing.
He is our leader, and the party believes that when we have such a popular leader, why should we not contest the elections in his name. He is the most popular leader in the country. There is no reason why we should not contest elections on behalf of our supreme leader. And it also leads from the front.
Why does BJP keep coming back to power?
If the party and the government continue to evolve and adapt according to the expectations of the people and the changing times. That’s what we did here. Usually you will find that a government will have a push or two, but here the BJP government under the leadership of Narendra Modi set a model of inclusive and comprehensive development. And people have felt this development.
Where do you see the Congress in this Gujarat election?
In Gujarat, Congress is still the main opposition party, but it is facing a crisis across the country and its impact is visible in Gujarat.
How many seats will BJP get in Gujarat?
I don’t want to get into the numbers game. This time, BJP will get unprecedented seats and vote percentage in Gujarat.
How do you see the attempts to gather all parties in the region on one stage?
Looking at the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government he led for the last eight years, I don’t think such alliances will have any impact.
These regional parties have nothing outside their respective states. Let’s see if the Samajwadi Party allies with the Congress, but it has nothing in Gujarat. So it only exists on paper and is good for the incumbent.
How do you see Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra and its results?
I have always believed that politicians should work hard and that it is good when someone works hard. But only persistent efforts in politics show results. So we will wait and see.
The number of targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir has increased. And when can the Assembly elections be held?
Targeted kills are down. They have dropped dramatically in recent times.
And as for the Assembly elections, they can be done after the electoral rolls are ready. And it also depends on when the Election Commission will announce the schedule.