PM Narendra Modi during an interview to ANI's Editor Smita Prakash replied to a question on his plans for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
PM Modi who had contested and won from two Lok Sabha seats during the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, one from Varanasi and other from Vadodara, was asked where he will be fighting the 2019 polls from, and whether he will fight from Puri as well as Varanasi.
As per reports, PM Modi and the BJP are keen to increase their presence in Odisha. It has been speculated that PM Modi is likely to contest from Puri Odisha.
PM Modi after being asked whether he will be fighting for Varanasi or now was Puri also an option for him responded cheekily, " Media persons also should get some work".
PM Modi also spoke about BJP's coalition strategy and commented on Congress' coalition politics.
"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".