The electoral battlefield is heating up with less than a fortnight to go for the Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready for the battle and is confident of being elected to power with full majority, showcasing all signs of his confidence by officially kick-starting his 2019 election campaign with three mega-rallies and following that up by speaking to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a wide-ranging interview.
The Prime Minister highlighted the achievements of the government, took on the allegations from the Opposition and addressed many other issues during the interview. One such topic was the Opposition's constant jibe at the PM that he 'works only for the 15 big industrialists' of the country - which started off years ago with the 'suit boot ki sarkar' jibe and has culminated now in the crusade to highlight a scam in the Rafale deal.
The Prime Minister gave an unflinching counterattack to the allegation and said, “The Modi government has provided electricity connection to 2.5 crore families, do you consider that work? Are there 2.5 crore super rich in this country - Have I provided electricity to their homes? I made 9 crore toilets. Are the 9 crore toilets for Mukesh Ambani and Adanis? I have made 1.25 crore homes, are they for Mukesh Ambani? Is he homeless? Did I make it for them? What are they saying?”
“You should ask this question to them. Your question is correct, but the address is wrong. People who say things with no basis... Someone should show the courage to ask them the questions. And I am telling you that this family will not occupy power in this country ever again. Don't be scared, ask them this question with courage. Don't be scared.”
When asked if he was talking about the Gandhi-Vadra family, the Prime Minister said, “Yes. They are the ones. The only such family in the country. They have ruled India for 55 years. The people of this country are not ready to accept them any more.”
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