PM Narendra Modi spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami on Friday in what was his first 2019 Election interview.
Speaking on the topic of alliance arithmetic, when asked if his party has the requisite political chemistry to work with those who aren't a part of his coalition, the Prime Minister said that it was his conviction that he would work not just with neutral parties but even those in the Opposition, naming 'certain leaders in the Congress and BSP supremo Mayawati and Trinamool chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee':
"Firstly, Bharatiya Janata Party will return with an absolute majority. Secondly, both NDA and BJP will win many more than last time. Thirdly, a country is not governed on the basis of majority. A country is governed through consensus. That’s why as a responsible citizen, as a responsible political party, and as a responsible Prime Minister with a 5-year term, it is my commitment, it is my confirmation, it is my conviction that not just neutral parties, but even if a couple of people of Congress, or even Mayawatiji, or Mamataji get elected then I will work with them,"
PM Modi had exuded confidence about his party's performance in the polls when asked if BJP would win over 300 seats. He said that BJP would not only win with an absolute majority but will get more seats than it did in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections
The BJP had come to power in 2014 by winning 282 seats and a combined 336 seats with its allies.
When the people of this country have made up their mind to give highest number of seats to Narendra Modi then what can happen? The results are certain. There is no doubt about that. The people of the country have decided to bring in a government that enjoys an absolute majority. They have made up their mind to give NDA a mandate for a 300 plus government," he said.