Amit Shah begins three-day Telangana visit

BJP President Amit Shah PTI

On Saturday, Shah also addressed a programme at the Chandigarh Press Club where he said in the 2019 general elections, the BJP will win by a much bigger margin. "In the last one year, this is the fourth time our national president is visiting (the state)", Laxman told PTI.

He said the Modi government had "made more efforts to improve relationships with Pakistan than any other government".

When asked about Kashmiri students indulging in stone pelting at the security personnel, Shah said such situations had emerged in the past as well. "We have to protect the interests of our country and we are doing that", he said. "This proves that all are equal in BJP", Shah said.

The BJP president will also meet booth level committees in the district.

On a three-day tour of the state to kick off the BJP's 2019 election campaign, Shah arrived at the Hyderabad airport on Monday, from where he directly went to the village. "Kashmir faced such situations several times since 1989 (since onset of militancy in the state)". But the efforts for good relations should be from both sides. It is also facing criticism for its failure to rein in the bureaucracy and carry out its promise to root out corruption, which was one of the BJP's main poll planks."On the development front, I don't think the government has taken any major policy decision so far", said Prof MM Semwal of HNB Garhwal (Central) University.

"We are fighting with Naxals. People feel BJP alone can become an alternative to TRS", the BJP leader said. In his inaugural address at a national workshop for party's spokespersons drawn from across the country, he said the government has worked a lot to uplift and empower the poor, Dalits and the backwards and it was now the spokespersons' job to reach out to the masses with this. "Even if I have something in my mind I can not say it. Discussion with (alliance) partners is also due".

Responding to a question on whether the BJP has been soft on Janata Dal-United leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and if he was likely to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) again, Shah said there was no criticism because there were no allegations against Kumar, unlike Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and his family.

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