With less than two weeks to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PM Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami in an exclusive interview, airing in-depth views on several issues concerning the nation including the reason why the people of India seek a majority government.
PM Modi elaborated on why he thinks that Indians seek a government with absolute majority rather than a coalition.
"In the previous elections, when I used to talk about the 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 coalitions. 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."
"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 an absolute majority. Whenever I meet a global leader, when a leader who has come to power with an 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, voters between the age of 30-40 has seen the difference between 30 years of political instability and a 5-year government elected with a 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 a total majority and in my personal experience and my understanding of politics and as a 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. 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 than what we did in the previous elections and all of NDA allies will win with more numbers since the last time."
"Thirdly, there are few areas where we feel that we lack, this time the people of this country won't let us feel that way. In a few areas, if our there are lesser representatives from our party in some places, even there, people of this country will give us strength."
PM Narendra Modi has criticised the Opposition's attempts to cobble together an alliance to oust him, saying that a "Majboot government is better than a Majboot government."
"This is the first time in the history that everyone is getting together against one man. All of them together will make a 'Majboor Sarkar' (Helpless government). They don't want a 'Majboot sarkar' (Strong government) and their shops to shut again," he said during his address to the BJP workers at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.
He has also attacked those in the coalition for joining hands despite being at loggerheads for decades. He spoke about how the BSP and SP who are in alliance had wanted each other's leaders behind the bars and had a bitter rivalry against each other for decades during his rally in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.