Interview with BJP chief Rajnath Singh

Less than 48 hours ahead of voting day in Lucknow, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh’s house in the city was packed with cars and party workers.

Singh, who is also contesting from Lucknow – the capital of northern state of Uttar Pradesh – in a freewheeling interview to Al Jazeera on Monday night spoke about his plans if he wins against the Congress party candidate Rita Bahuguna.

He also spoke about the religious violence, which erupted between Hindus and Muslims in Muzaffarnagar town of the state, and the recent charges of hate speech against Amit Shah, his fellow party man and key aide of the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

Shah had exhorted Hindu Jats that the election was going to be for “honour and to take revenge against insult…” for which he was momentarily banned by India’s Election commission from campaigning. The ban was lifted after Shah conceded his mistake in a letter to the Commission and promised not to use “abusive and derogatory” language…read it at Al Jazeera.

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