In his first election interview ahead of the much-awaited Lok Sabha 2019 polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke exclusively to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami on a host of issues which could have a big impact the upcoming elections.
PM Modi laid bare a number of matters which concern the nation, though, during his interaction, he also slammed the Opposition, especially Congress, for attacking the Constitution for the sake of gaining few votes and mocking the forefathers who were behind it.
He suggested that the political parties, in their effort to criticize himself and BJP, end up pointing fingers on institutions like Election Commission, CBI, Supreme Court and question their credibility.
"Whoever speaks in such a manner, they do it for their selfish political motives. When they run out of issues, they try to fearmonger. But it is necessary to evaluate those who say these things. Were the makers of our Constitution so naive that they built a nation that could easily be destroyed by anybody? Were the makers of our Constitution so weak-minded? Were they so short sighted that they'd build a democracy so that a person like Modi could come and destroy it completely?," the Prime Minister said.
He further requested the parties to not mock or insult the freedom fighters who fought for India's freedom.
"They (Opposition) are insulting those who fought for India's freedom. They are insulting those who helped shape our strong and prosperous democracy. I request them, that in their bid and excitement to insult Modi, dont insult the great leaders of our country. Don't try to ruin Babasaheb Ambedkar's tapasya. And whether it is Pandit Nehru or Sardar Vallabhai Patel - they all had a role to play. I don't hesitate in giving credit to them," the Prime Minister said.
Just a day ago, during his rally in Jammu, PM Modi had accused Congress of forgetting the vision of great leaders like Sardar Patel and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
"It's hard to understand if this is the same Sardar Patel's Congress that had sought a united India. Is it the Congress of Netaji Bose who had sought an Azad Hind? It doesn't appear so," said PM Modi at Akhnoor mega-rally.
Time and time again, the opposition parties have been alleging that the Modi government has destroyed prestigious institutions in the country. They have claimed that such there is interference from the government within these institutions.
On Thursday, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy had alleged that the I-T department had carried out raids in the residences of state's minor Irrigation minister. He accused the agency of working on the behest of the Central government.
"I know the game income tax officials are playing at the final stage of election. They should be cautious because if they think that they can function like the agents of a political party forever, they may end up repenting," said the JD(S) leader.
Just over a month ago, CBI had visited the residence of Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar in connection to the Saradha chit fund scam. But following that development, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee went on a 'dharna', and alleged that CBI is being misused by the BJP for their political gains.
"The Modi government and BJP are harassing us. You have seen how the Prime Minister was speaking yesterday. On 19th, when we were doing a rally, Modi government called CBI officers. Modi government told the CBI to do something here. This is more than an Emergency situation," the Trinamool chief had said back then.