Prime Minister Narendra Modi said has expressed confidence that he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019. Mr. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on Sunday that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government is committed to improving the lives of all citizens regardless of faith.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Times of India, he said: “We will definitely get more seats than we got the last time and I am confident that we will break all records of the seats won by NDA (National Democratic Alliance) in the past and achieve greater glory.
“The people are with us and we have nothing to fear,” PM Modi told the newspaper in an email interview. He said India’s status had improved globally since the BJP took power, giving the country “a performing, strong and stable government” after 30 years.
In an exclusive interview to ANI, Modi also touched upon various other important issues including the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Goods and Services Tax (GST), women empowerment and India-Pakistan relations.
On Coalition Government
“People have bitter experience of coalition governments burdened by politics of compulsions. A mahagathbandhan or whatever you may call it cannot create a gathbandhan of the electorate.” PM Modi said voters wanted a strong and decisive central government to deliver on India’s promise as a big economy and one of the potential drivers of global growth.
“My platform will be development, fast development and development for all…We have worked very hard in the last four years and we will go to the people with our track record of development,” PM Modi said.
On Mob Lynching
Asked what the government can do to reassure minorities and backward classes amid repeated incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection, the Prime Minister said even a single incident made him “very sad” and needed to be condemned in the “strongest voice”.
The Prime Minister said fake news and incidents arising due to rumour-mongering were also condemnable and the government was actively engaging with digital media platforms and other stakeholders.
Modi’s party denies any bias against Muslims and he told The Times of Indiathat his government believes in equality in the rule of law for all citizens.
On NRC Assam
About Assam’s National Register of Citizens, he said preventing illegal migrants was a commitment in the Indira-Mujib Accord of 1972 and the Rajiv Gandhi-AASU Accord of 1985. NRC will exclude Indian citizens and assured all opportunities will be given to people to get their concerns addressed.
Speaking over the issue of unemployment, Modi said:-
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said – “From just 2 mobile manufacturing units in 2014 we have grown to 120. When such development in electronic manufacturing is taking place, will it not create jobs? Today, India has emerged as one of the top hubs of start-ups. Are they not creating jobs?”
The PM said: “App-based aggregators are flourishing in India across food, logistics, e-commerce, mobility solutions and many more such sectors. Are they not creating jobs? We all know the potential tourism has in creating jobs. Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 14% last year. Domestic tourism has also grown. Will this not result in job creation?”
From just 2 mobile manufacturing units in 2014 we have grown to 120. When such development in electronic manufacturing is taking place, will it not create jobs? Today, India has emerged as one of the top hubs of start-ups. Are they not creating jobs? App-based aggregators are flourishing in India across food, logistics, e-commerce, mobility solutions and many more such sectors. Are they not creating jobs? We all know the potential tourism has in creating jobs. Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 14% last year. Domestic tourism has also grown. Will this not result in job creation?
On caste-based reservations
“The objectives of our Constitution and dreams of Dr. Babasaheb are still incomplete. It is the responsibility of every one of us to fulfill his dream and reservations are an important tool to achieve this,” Modi said.
Reservation is here to stay. Let there be no doubts about this. The dreams of Babasaheb are the strength of this nation and we are committed to fulfilling them. Our mantra is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and to achieve this, it is most important to protect the rights of the poor, marginalised, downtrodden, Dalits, tribals and OBCs.
On Absconding Industrialists
On the chances of bringing absconding industrialists like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi back to India, Modi again blamed policies of the previous government that made it easy for people to borrow and scoot.
“I would like to reaffirm (our) stand… Anyone who fraudulently takes public money and absconds will not be spared.”
Source-TOI, NDTV, The Quint, Economic Times
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