From demonetisation, Ram Temple to former RBI governor Urjit Patel's exit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the air on several issues in his first interview of 2019 to ANI's Smita Prakash on Monday. Talking about the regional tie-ups, PM Modi said:
"In 2014, we got the full majority but we adhered to the coalition-dharma. We took everyone together. Even today, when we are running the government that is consensus in decision-making. It is true that states have their own level of politics. Our allies wish to grow and we too want them to grow. We do not want that we should grow at the cost of allies. Congress' game is different. It is a speciality of Congress-led alliance that all allies are those who have come out of Congress after raising their voice against the Congress or emerged because of Congress-opposition. So when they approach the Congress, Congress usurps them. We are different. Those who associate with us, they prosper. So our effort remains that our allies blossom. Sometimes, some expectations are not met, they feel that they could benefit by putting pressure, some feel that such issues could be resolved through discussions. So parties have own character. But our effort is to take everyone along, and listen to everyone. I am committed to giving importance to regional aspirations. The country cannot be run by ignoring regional aspirations. That is why BJP is more successful".
Talking about the schemes for the middle class, PM Modi said:
"As far as the middle class is concerned, we will have to change our thinking. Middle class never lives on someone’s mercy. They live with dignity and is that strata of the society which contributes the most when it comes to running the country. He is the one who is concerned about the lower class as well, therefore, it is our responsibility to think about the middle class, not because they vote for us. But in the interest of the country. There was a time when inflation touched 18% and we have brought it down to 2-3% and the biggest and straight benefit goes to the middle class. If price rise is controlled the direct benefit goes to the middle class as they can’t compromise on daily expenses, so they get relief if there is no price rise. If we increase medical seats, who benefits? It's the middle class".
When asked whether Modi wave is over as vote share is not getting converted into seats, PM Modi said :
"First and foremost, I want to greet all those who say that Modi wave is over because when they say this they accept that there is something known as Modi magic. At the same time, just notice that there are a set of people say this. These people may have increased or decreased in numbers but their agenda is to keep setting new narratives. I am happy that they accept, there is a word called Modi wave or Modi magic. I believe that there is only one type of wave and it's the wave of a person's hope and believes. The wave is of the belief that who will fulfil our demands. Today, I can see these beliefs, I can see the aspirations of youth and this in itself is giving birth to a new belief, trust and hope in our country".
Furthermore, talking about opposition's claim that Modi magic has died down and the BJP may not get more 180 seats, he answered that he has faith in the common man and the youth of this country.
He also refuted arguments that no action had been taken against names involved in the 2G, CWG and other assorted alleged scams that occupied news cycles in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government has cracked the whip and acted against all.
Taking aim on the `First Family' of the Congress, Prime Minister Modi said that those who ran the country for four generations, are today facing charges of financial irregularities and are out on bail. Tongue firmly in cheek, he responded to the remark that those accused in the scams were taking walks in Lodhi Garden, saying that those on bail had freedom given by courts to walk in the park.