With Lok Sabha elections approaching in less than two weeks, PM Narendra Modi gave an exclusive interview to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami and spoke about a range of topics concerning the nation and the politics revolving around the polls.
He exuded confidence about his party's performance in the polls when asked if BJP would win over 300 seats. He said that BJP would not only win with an absolute majority but will get more seats than it did in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
BJP had come to power in 2014 by winning 282 seats and a combined 336 seats with its allies.
"See, the first thing is that it can happen only if the people of this country give fewer seats to Narendra Modi. When the people of this country have made up their mind to give highest number of seats to Narendra Modi then what can happen? The results are certain. There is no doubt about that. The people of the country have decided to bring in a government that enjoys an absolute majority. They have made up their mind to give NDA a mandate for a 300-plus government," he said.
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."