Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave an exclusive interview to the News18 Network, where he discussed a host of issues that will determine the outcome of the polls. PM Modi also expressed confidence that the BJP would return to power with a majority bigger than even 2014. But he also hinted at the saffron party’s post-poll plans in case it falls short, and said it would be ready to take along even the staunchest adversaries and parties with a single MP “to take the nation forward”.
Here are the highlights of the interview:
# I agree with Advani Ji. For us Nation first, self last: PM Modi.
# Those who were enemies they were willing to harm each other. When such parties unite, it means they are fighting for survival: PM Modi.
# Why Rahul Gandhi had to run from Amethi is a matter of discussion, fighting from two seats is his democratic right: PM Modi
# Bharatiya Janata Party is firm on its stand on Ram Mandir issue: PM Modi.
# Our main agenda is to run the country, we will work with every government: PM Modi.
# India's middle class is its biggest strength. The previous governments ignored this section: PM Modi.
# Arch-rivals are coming together just to save their existence: PM Modi.
# The number one issue is development, and it is two-fold. One is related to social infrastructure, the other is physical infrastructure: PM Modi.
# BJP will get more seats than 2014: PM Modi.
# With 'Aab hoga Nyay' slogan, Congress party has accepted that the they have failed to give justice to the people in the last 60 years: PM Modi.
# People of India will reject the lies peddled by the Congress party: PM Modi.
# Rafale issue is baseless, does not have any credibility: PM Modi
# My government is committed for the welfare of the people: PM Modi.
# Opposition in India is speaking the langiage of Pakistan: PM Modi.
# Many elections have taken place as well, no one spoke or used such language: PM Modi slams at Congress party.
# Ever since Congress lost power, they are hungry to regain power and have stooped to a new low: PM Modi.
# Look at 26/11 and the attack on Parliament. Pakistan assumed we would not retaliate and it emboldened them. This time we thought, no more: PM Modi.
# We had conducted surgical strikes after Uri as well, but this time we felt that was not the answer. Air strike was the better option, so we took that option: PM Modi.
# We must acknowledge that terror attacks have considerably decreased, says PM Modi.
# In Arunachal Pradesh, we created an environment where AFSPA is unnecessary: PM Modi.
# The government must have the power to protect its armed forces, says PM Modi
# Removing AFSPA from J&K is the same as sending our soldiers to the gallows, says PM Modi
# The discipline of Indian soldiers and their devotion to duty have always been praised: PM Modi
# We have focused on the needs of the common citizen -- housing, power, water, roads, etc. We have fulfilled basic needs in the last five years: PM Modi.
# For the first time, we've presented a manifesto which lays down a road map for both 2022 and 2024: PM Modi.
# This is a mature manifesto from a responsible political party which will be given the task of continuing to govern the country: PM Modi.
# We have spelt out 75 steps for what we want to achieve by 2022, the year in which India will celebrate 75 years of Independence: PM Modi.
# By the end of the term in 2024, we want to finish laying the foundation for where the country should in its 100th year of Independence in 2047: PM Modi.
# I would like te intellectual class to compare both the manifestos: PM Modi