The Congress has offered its first response on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election interview to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, wherein he discussed major issues concerning the nation in terms of democracy, the people's mandate and governance.
Reacting to the interview, which comes 14-days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath asked:
"What did Modi do in the last 5 years? If Congress has not done anything in the last 5 decades, then where does the mobile he is using, the car he is using, came from?"
Earlier on Friday, the Prime Minister shared his in-depth views on the reason why the people of India seek a majority government. He elaborated his statement by speaking about how for 30 years, the citizens of India had seen political instability up close as various Congress-led governments ruled without a majority mandate:
"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.