Amit Shah says BJP is yet to decide on presidential candidate

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2017

The BJP is yet to take a decision on its candidate for the upcoming Presidential election, even as the party virtually rejected Shiv Sena's proposal for RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to be the ruling combine's nominee.

Terming the Kashmir issue lingering since decades, BJP President Amit Shah Sunday said problem in Kashmir was not widespread but centered around just "three and a half districts". "Even if I have something in my mind I can not say it. Discussion with (alliance) partners is also due".

On the other hand, when Shah was asked about the deteriorated situation in Kashmir Valley, he blamed Congress for it and expressed confidence that Narendra Modi led NDA government will soon control the present situation in the Valley. Don't see the past six months, you have to see Kashmir from 1989 to 2017. He told PTI that the situation of unrest in Kashmir was confined to "three-and-a -half districts". Mr. Shah is said to be keen on educating the party leaders on the ways to strengthen the organisation from the polling booth level and his Nalgonda visit is expected to lay down a road map for the State leadership in the run-up to the next elections. Read Also: Traders living in fear under BJP rule: Akhilesh Yadav Shah also attacked the Congress for criticising the government, claiming that it had no right to do so as the Kashmir problem was an outcome of the policies of its governments since independence. People should look up the crime data to find out if cases of violence have increased under the BJP governments, he said.

The BJP leader also highlighted the Swachh Bharat Mission and said that "due to the prime minister's initiative over four crore toilets have been constructed all over the country".

Responding to a question on whether the BJP has been soft on Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and if he was likely to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) again, Shah said there was no criticism because there were no allegations against Kumar, unlike Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and his family. "It will be much bigger than last time (2014)", Shah said, noting that the BJP, in three years of being in power in the centre, had provided a corruption-free and development-oriented Government.

"The Modi government has taken decisive steps to bring probity in political life and to make black money ineffective in public life", said Shah.

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