PM Narendra Modi Interview To ANI: Set the tone for 2019 Loksabha Polls
In the nearly 95-minute-long interview with news agency ANI, PM Narendra Modi spoke on several important political issues ranging such as Ram temple , triple talaq and Sabarimala protests, Rafale deal, surgical strikes, demonetisation, and Goods and Services Tax in an interview with news agency ANI.
Narendra Modi presented before Indian voters both his achievements and the BJP government’s vision for the future. He also laid forth some new ideas, for farming, the middle class and other sections.
He also spoke about BJP’s loss in assembly elections in five states in the recently concluded assembly elections. “In Telangana and Mizoram, nobody gave BJP any chance. In Chhattisgarh, a clear mandate was given, BJP lost. But in two states, there was a hung assembly. Secondly, we were fighting against 15 years of anti-incumbency.We are discussing what was lacking,” PM Modi said Taking a jibe at the opposition, PM Modi said that 2019 elections will be “grand alliance versus the people”. PM Modi also spoke on the Ram Temple issue ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on January 4. “Ordinance on Ram temple can be considered after legal process gets over,” he told ANI.
Here are some points that struck me as significant and in fact, introducing new conceptual frameworks.
Modi made it clear that an ordinance to build a Ram Mandir would arise only after the Supreme Court.
The PM also drew attention to the clean chit given by the Supreme Court in the Rafale deal dispute as well as the statements issued by the French President dismissing claims of any mala fide intention.
Modi denied charges that the Union government had failed to bring back alleged economic offenders like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to India.
Modi also questioned the idea of a Mahagathbandhan or grand alliance being put together to challenge the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He said that instead of talking about the aspirations of the people, political parties were coming together just to oppose Modi.
Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas
The Prime Minister once again stressed on the importance of good governance through transparency, feedback and collaboration.
Modi said India is addressing the aspirations of a growing middle class through ebbing inflation, encouraging entrepreneurs (MUDRA, Start-Up India, UDAAN Yojana, etc.), affordable education and affordable housing under his government.
He said India needs to empower (not support) farmers right from ‘beej to bazaar’ or buying seed to selling the produce in the market. The country needs to build a system where farmers don’t fall into the deep crevice of debt and regressive policies like loan waivers, which have proven to be ineffective in the long run.
The PM said communal violence is a consequence of layered distortions that have seeped into our society for decades.
Schemes like UJJWALA, Saubhagya and Ayushman Bharat are telling of Narendra Modi’s commitment to ‘development for all’, irrespective of the social or ethnic background of the beneficiary.
Zero tolerance for corruption
But now, the Prime Minister, who rode to power on the plank of ‘Na Khaunga, Na Khane Dunga’, is often ridiculed by his supporters for not doing enough against corrupt bigwigs.