In the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an exclusive interview to Republic Media Network addressed the political and personal attacks directed towards him by the Opposition in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, PM Modi showed the mirror to the Opposition, specifically over the shameful 'match-fixing with Pakistan' allegation over the Pulwama attack that was targeted at him by Congress MP BK Hariprasad.
He said, "This question can be answered by those who are used to making personal attacks. Making everything a personal attack is their habit. No person in this country can doubt the patriotism of Narendra Modi. Nobody can do it. My life speaks for me, I don't need words. Secondly, this thinking exists in the leadership of a political party, then the nation should be worried, that people of such mentality can go to any limit for political gains."
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He added that the world stood in solidarity with India in the battle against terrorism, while the Opposition indulged in 'dirty politics', thus destroying the nation's image.
He said, "It's a big attack, the entire world stands with us in solidarity, terrorism is an issue, India can play a big role in the global fight against terrorism. At such a time, by playing such dirty politics, they are damaging the nation, and they haven't thought about it. The issue is not Modi. This is a warning bell for the nation if such thinking and language is used."
"And what happened? They said it with great enthusiasm. But when people showed negative sentiment, they were forced to keep quiet. Now they don't speak, they are scared now. They have realised now. If there is any truth to the allegations, if they have conviction, then they should make it an election issue. They should go and tell people. They should show this courage. And let the people decide," he added.