With the much-awaited Lok Sabha 2019 polls just a fortnight away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first mega election interview to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, addressed a number of important issues pertaining to the ongoing developments in the political scenario.
Responding to the question the nation wants to know - Modi Vs who? - in 2019 polls, PM Modi exhibited confidence saying that the people of the country have made up their minds about 'one side', adding that no other leader is standing against him in the 2019 election.
"In a democracy, a strong opposition is a must. I am not talking about that. I am replying to your question about modi vs who. So this is not possible in 2019 because the people of the country have made up their mind. Maybe in 2024...May be...A face will emerge...But it is difficult to tell now," PM Modi said.
During the interview, PM Modi gave the verdict of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, assuring that the BJP will win the complete mandate of the voters along with the NDA allies who will emerge victorious with even more power.
"People of this country are witnessing all this and that is why I believe, in this election, BJP will come to power with an 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," he added.
While Opposition leaders including DMK chief MK Stalin have shown their support to Congress party president Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, BSP supremo Mayawati earlier also hinted to contest for the post.
Ranging from what he believes is necessary for a healthy democracy, such as his reasons for why the people of India will choose a government with absolute majority, to matters of national security such as the Pulwama terror attack, the subsequent IAF airstrikes on Pakistan's Balakot terror base and India's recent A-SAT success, to detailing his government's actions on corruption and fugitive absconders, the Prime Minister addressed a plethora of issues that are likely to determine the election outcome on May 23 when the vote-counting is held.
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