PM Narendra Modi spoke about political violence in the country during an interview to ANI's Editor Smita Prakash.
"As a worker of the BJP, I strongly condemn it. We have suffered a lot. In West Bengal, BJP is not even allowed to exercise its democratic rights. During elections, the way our workers are killed, it does not reflect well on democracy. In Kerala, our workers are killed day in and day out. In Karnataka, so many of our workers have been killed that we can’t even fathom. Our workers have been killed in Tamil Nadu. In Assam, our workers have been killed. In Jammu and Kashmir, our workers are being killed. The question is not whether our workers are killed or not, but this political violence is not good for our democracy and all political parties will have to think about it," he said.
He went on to assure his party workers that the government is committed to ensure justice to everyone.
"I want to assure BJP workers and their families that the government does not tolerate any form of violence, be it by any party. We are committed to ensure justice to everyone. We appeal to the state governments also ...Someday the truth will come out. Today, some people may be enjoying protection but someday the truth will come out. Political parties should train their cadres how to behave in a democracy," he said.
During the interview which aired on the occasion of New Year, PM Modi spoke on a range of issues from answering questions on whether demonetisation affected BJP's chances in the state assembly polls to India's relation with Pakistan and why the country should not be trusted.
He also spoke about whether it was his idea of 'Congress-mukt Bharat'. BJP and PM Modi have been vocal about packing Congress' bags from all parts of the country. The Prime Minister stated that he doesn't have any problem with Congress as a party, but has qualms with their culture and functioning.