Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while giving his first 2019 election interview, to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, addressed a plethora of issues ranging from national security to the Opposition's attempts at unity to his government's action on corruption cases. In terms of the latter, PM Modi spoke extensively about the course of action taken by his government against Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra, who is currently under the scrutiny of probe agencies over questionable land dealings.
Addressing the long period of time that it has taken to bring the probe against Robert Vadra to this stage and Vadra's own claim of 'political vendetta', PM Modi explained that his government is not interested in political vendetta, and that was evident because had they, things would have moved a lot quicker. He asserted that 'if some wrong has been done, the law will do its work'.
"India is a democracy. There is a legal system in india. These people get notices. After receiving notices, they need to respond to those notices. You'll be surprised to know that multiple notices went to the congress party - multiple notices went in the national herald case. These people consider themselves raja -maharajas (royals). They don’t even respond. So we had to go to court. It is not easy to get dates from courts – that is the reason why it is taking so long. It is only after all this that that they were forced to plead for bail in national herald case. So, the law does its work. If we had wanted political vendetta, then we would have done it in a flash. But we won't do that. We say, if some wrong has been done, the law will do it's work".
Negating opposition's claim that everything BJP does is a 'witch-hunt', PM Modi said:
"Look, if we don't do it, then you question us for not doing. If we do, then you say it is politically motivated. So what exactly is your problem? If tomatoes become expensive, you ask housewives how they are dealing with the situation. If the prices of tomatoes drop then you ask the farmers how they are handling the problem.