Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in the most sensational election interview ahead of Lok Sabha polls 2019. With only days remaining till Indians head to the polling booths to vote for their representative across 543 Lok Sabha seats, he projected his answer to the most significant question the country is asking - Will the BJP-led NDA achieve the same mandate in 2019 that it achieved in 2014 Lok Sabha polls?
On being asked about his analysis for the 2019 Election for BJP and NDA - as to whether BJP will achieve 272 seats on its own this time or will the NDA, which got over 300 seats in 2014, be able to maintain its position in this election, PM Modi spoke about the how the voters have elected the NDA government to power with full majority in 2014, contrasting this with previous governments that were coalitions led by parties that didn't have a majority on their own.
"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. 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," PM Modi said in the interview.
Adding how the voters saw the difference between 30 years of instability and five years of stability and progress, the Prime Minister said that the country now recognises his position on key issues like national security seeing the quantum of actions he had taken for the safety of the citizens.
"In the last five years, the good work we were able to do, one reason behind it was the mandate of the people of this country. People elected a government with absolute majority. Whenever I meet a global leader, when a leader who has come to power with absolute majority, even the world looks at him with a different perspective. That is why, the people of this country, don't want to take India towards instability. Secondly, voter between the age of 30-40 has seen the difference between 30 years of political instability and a 5 year government elected with total majority. A voter above the 30-40 age group, very well understands the difference. So, people have made up their mind that if a government if elected, it should be elected with total majority and in my personal experience and my understanding of politics and as student of political science, there will be great progress from the previous time. Earlier, people asked who is this person? Who exactly is Modi? Now they know. when it's the issue of security, people know what Modi has done. When it is about the upliftment of the poor, people know what Modi has done. People know about Modi's policies, Modi's nature, and how Modi works."
Only days ahead of the elections 2019, PM Modi set the agenda straight saying that BJP will come to power with 'poorna bahoomat' (full majority) in the ensuing polls, the results of which are set to be announced on May 23.
"People of this country are witnessing all this and that is why I believe, in this election, BJP will come to power with absolute majority and will get more number of seats from the previous time and all of NDA allies, will win with more numbers from the previous time. Thirdly, there are few areas in which we feel we lack, this time the people of this country won't let us feel that lacking. In a few areas, if our representation is less, even there, people of this country will give us strength."
In the 2014 elections, BJP won a historic 282 seats on its own, and with the support of its allies, NDA formed a government with a total seat-share of 336. It was the first time since 1984 that a single party held the majority in the government. The last time this happened was when the Congress won the 1984 elections, winning 404 seats on their own.