NEW DELHI :
Two days after the electoral loss in the Delhi assembly elections, home minister on Thursday clarified that it was possible the fate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was impacted by the hate remarks made by some of the party leaders.
Speaking at the Times Now Summit, Shah said that while the BJP had distanced itself from such remarks made by Member of Parliament Parvesh Sahib Singh and minister of state (MoS) finance Anurag Thakur.
“We had distanced ourselves from those comments. It is possible that we might have suffered partially because of those comments," a news report of Times Now quoted.
Talking about the performance of BJP in the recently concluded assembly polls in the national capital, Shah said that people of Delhi had not rejected BJP. “It’s not like the people rejected us. Kejriwal was third in the Lok Sabha elections. That doesn’t mean that he was rejected by the people of Delhi. Election results are not a reflection on ideologies. We haven’t abandoned our ideology ever," said Shah while answering a question.
The home minister further said that there was no clause in the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which was against the minorities of the country and he was ready to debate on the issue. Shah also added that the union government would take steps that were beneficial for the nation and there was no personal stake in CAA.
“I want to tell all journalists not to talk about just anti-CAA protests but also about why the people are protesting. I have not found a clause in CAA due to which they feel that it is anti-Muslim. I am ready to debate if someone finds it," he said.
“There is nothing to protest against CAA. They should protest when there will be action. If they have a problem, they should talk to us about it. I have answered all the questions in Parliament. If they have more questions, I’m ready to answer," the minister added.