With the much-awaited Lok Sabha 2019 polls just a fortnight away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first interview since sounding the poll bugle, addressed a number of important issues during his exclusive interview with Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Right from talking about his political opponents to speaking on how the country has progressed in the last five years to explaining how India reacted after the Pulwama attack, PM Modi spoke out on all the topics that matter at this crucial juncture.
One important point on which he expressed himself was how India has flourished in the past five years because of a single-party majority coalition government, contrasting it with cobbled-together alliances that came before, and how the former is the need of the hour.
The Prime Minister said that for the development of the nation, a coalition in which one party has the majority is needed, something which the BJP managed in 2014.
"India witnessed 30 years of instability in politics. The nation is not against coalition. But India wants stability and that is why the major partner in a coalition should get absolute majority and the others should also get strong numbers, so that they can help in running the country smoothly," said PM Modi explaining his point.
He then spoke about how his claims that a single party can attain majority were laughed off, and how the people of the country made that happen.
"In the previous elections, when I used to talk about absolute majority, primarily the debate used to be about how 'Modi is flying, he has no knowledge about things outside of Gujarat, Modi is just saying things'. But people of this country made it happen," the Prime Minister added.
As recently as Thursday, PM Modi has spoken about how the opposition is a mix of 'frustrated parties', and that the 'Mahamilavat' can never work together, opining that they only seek a mandate for power, not for the development of the nation.
In the 2014 elections, BJP won 282 seats on its own - which was over the halfway mark - and with the support of its allies, NDA formed the government with a total seat-share of 336.
It was the first time since 1984 that a single party had the majority in the government. The last time this happened was when the Congress won the 1984 elections, winning 404 seats on its own.