Dismissing the 'unity in the Opposition' as mere optics, PM Narendra Modi on Friday, while speaking to Republic Media Network's Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor in his final interview of the Lok Sabha election campaign has said that the Opposition made a show of meeting over and over again only to separate each time. The Prime Minister harkened back to the circumstances under which the HD Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka government was formed in 2018, following which many Opposition leaders had come together in a show of strength.
"When no majority was achieved in Karnataka Assembly in 2018, they(Congress-JD(S)) formed a coalition government using a backdoor and killing democracy. Seeing this, all leaders from various parts of the nation arrived at Bengaluru. They pushed each other aside to show their faces. Whether one's shoulder was functioning or not, they kept raising their hands as if to say 'look how united we are'" he said.
(Jab Karnatak mein kisi ko spasht bahumat nahi mila, pichle darwaze se loktantra ke hatya karke sarkaar banane ka khel khela gaya. To ye sab desh ke har kone kone se pohonch gaye. Ek doosre ko dhakkha de deke mundi dikha rahe the. Kisika kandha kaam kare ya na kare, haath unche karne ki koshish kar rahe the. Haat pakad pakad ke photo nikal rahe the. Aur desh ko message de rahe the ki dekho humari kaisi ekta hai.)
He continued his attack on the Opposition saying their unity at the state level never manifested on a national scale. He added that their act of writing letters to each other and posing for photos with one another was all for the optics which can never affect the public.
"They kept taking multiple photos shaking hands with each other declaring to the nation - look at our unity. By the time they reached from Bengaluru to Delhi, their unity disintegrated. There is a song - - 'Milte hai log yahaan, milke bikharne ko', just like that they meet repeatedly only to separate. They write letters to each other to create an illusion in the country of their unity. This does not fool the public. It is of use only for TV and media. The public will not be affected by any of this," he added.
( Benagluru se Delhi jaate jaate sab bikhar gaya. Hamare yahaan ek geet tha - 'Milte hai log yahaan, milke bikharne ko.' To ye baar baar milte hai, bikharte hai phir milne ke liye. Chitti likhte hai desh mein ye optic paida karne ke liye, na wo janta sweekar karti hai. Aur TV media ka kaam aa jaata hai. Jaanta ka is par koi prabhav nahi padta.)
This interview is the Prime Minister's last interview before the country goes to polls in the final leg of elections on Sunday. Notably, the Prime Minister kicked off his Lok Sabha election campaign with the first interview to Republic Media's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on March 29, 2019.