'There are many court decisions which cannot be followed, like ban on putting up loudspeakers on mosque or ban on Jallikattu; who is following it? In such decisions, let people decide about their beliefs. This should not be brought in judicial review, is my personal opinion'
'The judicial procedure was influenced which led to no convictions in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984'
Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Wednesday made light of the the opposition 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance), calling it an illusion and expressed confidence that the BJP will retain power after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Speaking at a media summit in Mumbai, Shah also said that he was sure that the Shiv Sena will be with the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. Talks are on (with them), he added.
"The reality of the opposition 'mahagathbandhan' is different. It (the opposition alliance) doesn't exist and is a 'bhranti' (illusion)," Shah said.
"The mahagathbandhan does not exist anywhere. We have fought against all of them in 2014 and defeated them to form the government. They are all regional leaders, they can't help each other," the BJP president said.
Shah said the BJP will gain in West Bengal, North-East and Odisha in 2019.
"The issues of elections are: in five years how have we ensured national security and defeated corruption. We have provided toilets in eight crore homes and electricity in 2.5 crore homes," Shah said.
"Not only for the BJP, but it is also necessary for the country that a strong government comes to power," the BJP president said.
The election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were definitely not favourable for the BJP, but it is not right to link them with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said.
State polls can't be linked to Lok Sabha poll results as both elections are fought on separate issues, Shah said.
"It is our duty to work for the people and convince them, but if the mandate is against us we accept that too," he said.
"I am not against analysis, but the elections are fought on different issues. The issues on the ground are different," he added.
"In 2014, the BJP had government in six states, now we have it in 16 states. So tell me who will win the 2019 elections," the BJP president said.
"We accept the people's mandate (in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh). We will introspect on the poll results," he said.
The BJP chief said it does not matter who is pitted against Narendra Modi in the 2019 polls (as prime ministerial aspirant).
"We are going ahead on the basis of our strengh and not on the basis of someone's weakness," he added.
Targeting the Congress, Shah said judicial procedure was 'influenced', which led to no convictions for so long in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The Delhi high court on Monday sentenced Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to imprisonment for life, the first conviction of a politician in the 1984 riots in which over 2,700 people were killed.
"The judicial procedure was influenced which led to no convictions in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. It made people furious over the issue even after 34 years of the incident," Shah said.
He said the NDA government set up another special investigation team after coming to power in 2014 and the convictions are taking place as per this body's findings.
"This (Sajjan Kumar) is the fourth judgement that has come out," Shah pointed out.
Despite there being the Misra Commission followed by Nanavati Commission, police did not carry out investigations properly in any case, Shah said.
Referring to allegations of a journalist that he had seen Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath leading a march against Sikhs (during riots), Shah said, "It has been seen by many people. The SIT is looking into all cases related to 1984 anti-Sikh riots."
"I believe the SIT we have set up will take the cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots to their logical end. And we have made all provisions to equip the SIT," the BJP leader said.
Asked about the time required for the legal battle over the Ram temple issue to get over, Shah said, "If the Supreme Court conducts daily hearings of the Babri demolition case, it will not take more than 10 days to get a verdict."
"Ayodhya is a title issue. The BJP clearly states that we want to build a temple on the same site. The case was pending before the SC much before 2014. We have requested the court to clear the case and complete its hearings at the earliest," Shah said.
Countering senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal's demand for conducting the case hearing after the 2019 elections, he said, "I feel the case should be cleared at the earliest. Whatever decision SC wants to take, they should take it at the earliest."
On not following the Supreme Court's verdict in the Sabarimala temple case, he said Sabarimala is related to religious faith and that "in some cases, there is no need for a judicial review."
When one goes to a gurudwara (a religious place of Sikhs), one has to cover the head with a cloth, he said.
"The god (Lord Ayyappa) is believed to be unmarried. It is the belief of locals. Why do you need a judicial review here. Here it is not about equal rights of men and women," Shah said.
He said there are 12 temples in the country where men are not allowed inside. "Does it mean it is an injustice to men," he said.
"If you are talking about equal rights for men and women, Hindus in this country have carried out so many social reforms on their own and without any order," he said.
"The entire country rejected the 'Sati' pratha (a Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the funeral pyre of her husband) and child marriage while it accepted the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Hindu Widows'
Remarriage Act. No one ever raised voice against it," he said.
All these decisions were taken in order to protect women's dignity, Shah added.
"There are many court decisions which cannot be followed, like ban on putting up loudspeakers on mosque or ban on Jallikattu; who is following it? In such decisions, let people decide about their beliefs. This should not be brought in judicial review, is my personal opinion," he said.
Terming the triple talaq bill as a "social reform and not a religious issue," he said even Pakistan does not allow triple talaq to women. There are many Islamic countries where triple talaq is banned, he said.
"We have brought the bill in Parliament and we will go ahead with it. It is up to the opposition to show whether they want to support Muslim women or oppose it," Shah said.