New Delhi : Rajnath Singh is determined not to be seen as the hawk that Narendra Modi is perceived as. He made it a point to call on Muslim clerics in Lucknow recently; two days later he has dismissed the skull cap controversy surrounding party’s PM nominee Narendra Modi, claiming that wearing one should not be considered as a sign of appeasement. A picture has also gone viral on the Internet which shows Rajnath in a traditional Muslim skull cap at a Lucknow shrine.
Despite these conciliatory moves towards Muslims, Rajnath is adamant that Modi will be the prime minister if NDA forms the government after the Lok Sabha polls, irrespective of the number of seats won. He told Times Now news channel in an interview that Modi was the anointed prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party. “If someone will be prime minister, it will be Narendra Modi. I have clarified it repeatedly,” he said. Asked if there was a “Plan B” in case the BJP wins less than 200 seats, Rajnath Singh said such rumours were being spread by the opponents of the party. “It is a deliberate attempt to create confusion by our political opponents,” he said. Asked if he could be more acceptable to leaders such as Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa in case their support was needed by the BJP in the post-poll scenario, Rajnath Singh reiterated that only Modi will be the prime minister.
He accused the Congress of trying to polarise the Lok Sabha election on communal lines. “They are not doing it for the first time. British had followed a similar policy of divide and rule.’’ He also asserted that “political untouchability” has ended and the BJP has more allies than the Congress.