With less than two weeks to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PM Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami in an exclusive interview, airing in-depth views on several issues concerning the nation including the reason why the people of India seek a majority government.
On the topic of election arithmetic, when confronted by the fact that the opposition parties he currently dubs the 'Mahamilavat' had a combined 42% vote-share while the BJP has 30-32%, and that the index of opposition unity was considered high in the lead up to the 2019 polls, PM Modi said: "The people of this country do not decide this way. If you pick up this kind of arithmetic then you will find that in 2014, our government would not have formed with absolute majority. If you follow this arithmetic, then you will find that we would not have won as many state elections as we did after that. If you go granular, you will find the opposition more scattered now than in 2014. You will find out about it. Let the nomination process be over. You will yourself find out."
On being asked about his analysis for the 2019 Election for BJP and NDA - as to whether BJP will achieve 272 seats on its own this time as it had in 2014 or will the NDA, which got over 300 seats in 2014, be able to maintain its position in this election, PM Modi spoke about the how the voters have elected the NDA government to power with full majority in 2014, contrasting this with previous governments that were coalitions led by parties that didn't have a majority on their own.
"In the previous elections, when I used to talk about 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 coalition. 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," PM Modi said in the interview.