Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Thursday. And with less than a fortnight remaining before the first phase of the elections, PM Modi gave his first interview of the election season to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
The Rafale deal was among the numerous topics the Prime Minister spoke about. The deals regarding the acquisition of the fighter aircraft have been among the most controversial matters, with the Opposition making numerous accusations against the government.
When asked about the accusations related to his association with Anil Ambani regarding the Rafale deal, PM Modi gave a fitting response while highlighting the achievements of the government in the last five years.
PM said, “The Modi govt has provided electricity connection to 2.5 crore families, do you consider that work? Are there 2.5 crore super rich in this country - Have I provided electricity to their homes? I made 9 crore toilets. Are the 9 crore toilets for Mukesh Ambani and Adanis? I have made 1.25 crore homes, are they for Mukesh Ambani? Is he homeless? Did I make it for them? What are they saying?”
“You should ask this question to them. Your question is correct, but the address is wrong. People who say things with no basis... Someone should show the courage to ask them the questions. And I am telling you that this family will not occupy power in this country ever again. Don't be scared, ask them this question with courage. Dont be scared.”
When asked if he was talking about the Gandhi-Vadra family, the Prime Minister said, “Yes..They are the ones. The only such family in the country. They have ruled India for 55 years. The people of this country are not ready to accept them any more.”
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.