On the very first day of 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the narrative for the coming months with a tell-all interview with ANI's editor Smita Prakash, wherein he spoke on a range of issues which have happened since the past four and a half years.
When being asked if he was happy with his tenure so far, the Prime Minister stated that it is the people of the country who should decide whether he and his party did a good job. Further, he also mentioned that despite his best of efforts, he hasn't been able to win over the Lutyen's media.
"I leave it to people to decide whether they are satisfied or not with my work. But one thing, I am not surprised, I could neither make the Lutyen's world a part of me or me a part of them. I did not want them to be a part of me as my background is different. I am a representative of the non-elite world. I could not win them over, but still trying how to win over such forces. I have enjoyed every minute. There is honesty in my work, I work for the people," the Prime Minister added.
During the course of the interview, PM Modi also took a swipe on the Congress party, stating their culture and politics has failed, even when they are in opposition.
"Congress people also feel that Congress is just a thought. It is a culture. It also became the political culture of India. And what is the culture? Casteism, family politics, undemocractic, corruption, this is the culture of Congress' politics, and they endorse these. When I say Congress mukt, I say we should be mukt of the culture. And I even say, Congress should also be free from Congress culture. It is not about institute staying or not. In democracy, I believe there should be a strong opposition. But unfortunately, Congress is failing to do that as well," he told Smita Prakash