Just a few days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, PM Narendra Modi has given an exclusive interview to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami wherein he addressed a number of key topics that may play a huge role when voters head to the polling booths come April 11.
In one of his most defiant statements, PM Modi addressed the Opposition which has been relentless in its efforts to discredit the air-strikes by the Indian Forces following the Pulwama terror attack.
He was asked about the Opposition's shocking charge that the Pulwama terror attack was a conspiracy by him and Pakistan, PM Modi replied saying:
"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.
"...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 are used."
A Congress MP on March 7 made a distasteful remark claiming terror attack in Pulwama took place with PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart working hand in hand.
"Ravi Shankar Prasad should clarify whether there was any match-fixing between Pakistan and Narendra Modi. Or else, without their knowledge, this Pulwama instance would not have taken place," Congress' BK Hariprasad said.
The politics over the Pulwama terror attack began days after the incident, with Congress working president in Delhi, Haroon Yusuf questioning as to how the government couldn't trace the explosives. If this was not enough, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on March 5 termed the ghastly terror attack in J&K as an 'accident' while demanding answers from the Modi government.