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BJP will get more than 20 seats from Northeast, says MoS PMO Jitendra Singh

Updated : May 16, 2019 07:37 PM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party will get more than 20 seats from Northeast, said Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for PMO, in an interview with CNBC-TV18.

"We are going to have the highest tally of seats in Northeast. It could be anywhere more than 20," said Singh.

"The tables have turned now... the manner in which he (PM Modi) ensured a consistent micro-level focus and many of us have not realised that he travelled to Northeast more than 30-35 times in a matter of 5 years. The organisational restructuring which was done very diligently by Amit Shah... soon after he took over as the president of the party, he undertook an extensive tour of Northeast, spending two days in each of the states which I think is the kind of organisational focus or priority not received from any other party in the past," he added.

On NRC, Singh said, "The idea of NRC was conceived much before the election, it was not keeping the election in mind. It was based on a certain principle, the principle that you have a large number of people who face religious prosecution and they have nowhere to go. India, the kind of country it is, has an obligation to offer shelter to such people, this does not necessarily mean only from Bangladesh. There are certain guidelines, parameters laid down also to bring about registrations, it doesn't happen haphazardly. Large consensus was sought to be arrived at before taking this step... so, in a very democratic manner this initiative has been sought to be undertaken."
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