Why is there so much confusion within the party with regards to the Patna Saheb seat?
Look at me. Do I appear worried, concerned and frantic? I am as I always am — cool, relaxed, party ticket or no ticket. A Lok Sabha ticket is only incidental, it doesn’t in any way, affect my commitments to the party, my respect for Advaniji, Rajnathji or Shushma Swarajji. They have been my mentors, leaders I have always looked up. But, ever since I said, that I wish to represent Patna Sahb, people have been warning me.
Are you saying that you have been threatened?
Yes, I have been receiving threat calls. They say that rivers of blood would flow here in Patna if I am awarded the Patna Saheb seat ticket. That if I valued my life, I should voluntarily decline to contest the seat.
Have you told the government about it?
The government is aware of it, the police are trying to locate the source of these calls. But I am hardly the sort to be cowed down by such cowardly tactics. I have Z category security cover and that’s enough for me.
Who do you think is doing it and why?
It is because I am blessed that most others feel threatened by my mere presence. It is their sense of insecurity that is forcing them to take recourse to such measures. Such threats would not deter me from voicing the concerns of my people, of Bihar as a whole. The whole of Bihar is my constituency.
Would you consider contesting the Patna Saheb Lok Sabha seat if the BJP denies you the ticket on a Samajwadi Party ticket?
Do not read too much into what my good friend Amar Singhji, in his kindness, has said about me. I deeply value his friendship and would do anything for him. But when it comes to ideologies and commitments, I am with the BJP, have always been and will always be, ticket or no ticket.