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Interview: Priyanka will make 'no difference' to BJP's poll prospects, says Adityanath

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Asserting that Priyanka Gandhi's entry into will make "no difference" to the BJP's prospects in the polls in Uttar Pradesh, Saturday dubbed it an "internal matter" of that party.

He also dismissed as "false alarm" the SP-BSP alliance and claimed that it was already embroiled in dispute.

"The has made her (Priyanka) the (in-charge of eastern UP) this time. It is an internal matter of that party as to how it will utilise her services.

"Earlier too, she had campaigned for the And this time too she is the party's and it will make no difference (to the BJP)," he told in his first interview after announcement of the poll schedule on Sunday.

Asked as to what extent the SP-BSP alliance could dent the BJP's prospects in the hustings, Adityanath said, "The fledgling SP-BSP alliance is already embroiled in dispute."

He was referring to reports of hard bargaining between the two parties over certain seats.

"It (alliance) is nothing but a 'hauaa' (false alarm)," the said in his exclusive interview during which he touched upon various key issues including the IAF airstrikes on terror camps in and temple.

The 46-year-old saffron robed said in state-level local issues hardly matter.

"People will vote for that person and party in whose hands the country is safe, secure and prosperous," he said, adding the voters know this very well.

"An effort is being made to whip up an unnecessary confusion and 'hauaa'," the BJP hardliner said, adding the current polls will present a "golden opportunity" for his party, which will come out with flying colours.

Referring to the IAF air strikes targeting terror camps inside on February 26, Adityanath said has taken "bold steps" as and when needed in the interest of the country.

After the Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, all accused were eliminated by India, catapulting the nation to an elite club of countries that are capable of giving a befitting reply to its enemies, he said.

"This is the sign of an efficient and competent leadership."

"Modiji began with smashing insurgent hideouts in the northeast (Myanmar border) and followed up such strong measures in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack demolishing terror bases across the LoC in one go," Adityanath said.

He said by carrying out the pre-dawn anti-terror airstrikes on February 26, has isolated in the international arena and also made New Delhi's strategic prowess felt all over the world.

"We can say that has emerged as a global superpower under the strong leadership of PM Modi," Adityanath said.

Asked whether these national security issues will be relevant among people in rural areas, who form a bulk of the electorate, he said every section of the society was aware of issues such as "development, good governance and nationalism".

On whether the anti-terror airstrikes in Pakistan's Balakot have overshadowed the temple issue in Ayodhya, he said, "Every child knows the importance of Lord and considers him a "

"Everybody needs prosperity as well as security."

People have realised that things which were impossible for parties such as the Congress, SP, BSP, RJD and the TMC, have become possible for the BJP under Modi's leadership, the UP said.

"What was impossible earlier, is possible now," he said, adding "Modi hai to mumkin hai" (Modi makes it possible).

Exuding confidence that the BJP will come up with flying colours

in the elections across the country on the basis of Modi's 'naam' (name) and 'kaam' (work), Adityanath said, "In 2014 Lok Sabha polls it was Modi's 'naam', and in 2019 it is both 'naam' and 'kaam'."

He expressed confidence that the BJP will improve its tally in and win over 74 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

On why voters did not favour the BJP in the recent assembly polls in Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, Adityanath said in states where a particular party is in power for a considerable amount of time, as long as 15 years, certain anti-incumbency factors crop up.

"Our vote share has gone up in and we fared well in despite odds. We will do well in the Lok Sabha polls in these states as the Assembly elections were fought on local issues, whereas this is an election for the nation," he added.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 15:55 IST