With just over two weeks left for the all-important Lok Sabha 2019 polls to begin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke exclusively to Republic Media Network's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on varied topics.
In his first interview after starting his election campaign by holding three back to back rallies on Thursday, PM Modi spoke extensively on a number of issues which will play a crucial role in the upcoming elections.
One of the most important topic ahead of the polls has been the focus which is on the Prime Minister. He has been at the centre of all the attacks by the opposition, which is fighting the elections with the 'Modi hatao' agenda.
Though, PM Modi feels he isn't the focal point, but it is the voters who will decide which party will come to power and form the next government.
"Firstly, I would like to say, the voter is always the central point of elections and the voter should always be the central focus of elections. Because elections are about fulfilling hopes and aspirations of voters. Political parties need go to voters and then people elect a government," he said before adding, "In our country, a wrong thing has happened where we are making the Prime Minister the central focus of elections. For the nation's bright future and for a healthy democracy, in elections, the greatest priority, the centre point should be the citizen."
But when asked by Republic Media's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami the one reason why he is the centre of attraction, the Prime Minister stated that it may well be because he is an 'active PM'.
"Because of staying in government for 5 years, it is only natural the people's focus remains on the incumbent government. I have been an active Prime Minister. I have been Prime Minister who has worked amidst people. I have been a Prime Minister who has constantly visited every corner of India. In that sense, it is very natural for people's focus to be on me," he also mentioned.
The opposition, led by Congress, has tried to push a narrative that the upcoming polls is about 'people against Modi', making an effort to derail his and BJP's campaign to win the elections for the second time running.
Even as the focus has been on him on most occasions, the Prime Minister has time and time again iterated that the elections are all about people, because they are the ones who vote any leader or party to power.