With less than two weeks remaining for the all-important seven-phase 2019 Lok Sabha polls to begin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gave his first election interview, speaking on a wide range of topics with Republic Media Network Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
Congress Party's newly inducted Mumbai chief, Milind Murli Deora, spoke to Republic TV and requested PM Modi to answer a couple of questions.
"I would request through Republic TV that PM should answer:
- Why he banned notes?
- The PM should answer why had he banned 500 & 2000 rupees note?"
Continuing his attack on the Prime Minister, Mr Deora stated that there is a 'difference between atmosphere media and on-ground media'.
"In 2004 Vajpayee & BJP were saying the same thing .. but we all know what was the result .. Atmosphere media is different & On ground is different . I will request PM modi to Answer what he has done for inflation women security, employment. PM has vision for country but the vision is television", he concluded.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister shared his in-depth views on the reason why the people of India seek a majority government. He elaborated his statement saying:
"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", he added.
PM Narendra Modi also criticised the Opposition's attempts to stitch 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.