Neither the quota statement by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat nor Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be blamed for the Bihar debacle, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
“Bhagwat’s statement was not damaging. It was nothing controversial. We can’t think like that. He had only said that reservation should continue,” Singh said.
Bhagwat had asked for a fresh look on the quota regime in order to decide who should benefit of quota.
Refusing to pin blame on Prime Minister Modi, Singh said it is party’s loss and not of the PM.
“And in democracy sometimes you win sometimes you loss,” said the home minister.
In a rare hour-long interaction with media, just two days after the Bihar defeat, home minister Rajnath Singh also indicated no change at the helm in the party in offing.
Singh said BJP chief Amit Shah is now completing his term as party president which he left midway to join the government.
“At the moment he completing Shah is completing his ad-hoc term. One can be party chief for six year. He has six more year left as party president,” said Rajnath Singh who was BJP chief before joining the government to become Union home minister.
When pressed that whether senior party leader Nitin Gadkari would be brought in as BJP president now, Rajnath Singh stressed Amit Shah is party president.
On controversial statements made by party leaders in the run up to Bihar assemble polls, Singh said BJP is the most secular party in the country.
When asked whether some of the party leaders didn’t listen to party president Amit Shah who told them not make controversial statements, Singh said: “BJP is the country’s biggest party - you cannot accuse the party that its leaders don’t listen to the party president.” Singh said.
On the allegation that arrogance had crept in among certain leaders of BJP after the Lok Sabha poll win, the home minister said, had it been the case, the party would not have won assembly elections in Haryana and Jharkhand and civic body polls in Ladakh, Assam and also ‘unexpectedly’ in Kerala.
He said no discussion took place in Monday’s party parliamentary board meeting on taking any action on two Bihar MPs – RK Singh and Shatrughan Sinha for making controversial statements.
On certain litterateurs and artists returning awards alleging growing intolerance in the country, Singh said he was ready to discuss any suggestion given by them.