Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi using the Army’s name for seeking vote? What was on his mind when the Indian Air Force carried out the stunning airstrikes across border in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa? What about development vs nationalism? In an exclusive marathon interview with News Nation’s Deepak Chaurasia and Peenaz Tyagi, PM Modi answered these hard-hitting questions. PM Modi also interacted with News Nation’s Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Kulshrestha, who was also present there.
The marathon interview also dealt with unique aspects of the Prime Minister’s persona. From his half-sleeves kurtas to not keeping a wallet, the Prime Minister opened up about some lesser-known facts in the interview, which will air on News Nation at 8 pm on Saturday.
PM Narendra Modi with News Nation Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Kulshrestha and other team members. (News Nation photo)
On Balakot surgical strikes, the Prime Minister spoke about minute details such as weather on the fateful night. He revealed that the bad weather could have ruined the ultra-secret plan.
On allegations of politicising the military, PM Modi simply rejected the claims and instead demanded the journalists to provide proof of any such rally or interaction where he had sought vote in the name of the Army. “Should I not tell people about what the Congress has been saying about our top military commanders, PM Modi asked.
‘Didn’t they ask where is 56 inch,’ PM Modi spoke extensively about post-Pulwama scenario and said that first the detractors mocked him and later when he ordered the airstrikes, they started questioning him. “What can I say about that,” PM Modi told News Nation’s Deepak Chaurasia.
But the marathon interview was not just about politics. When prodded about carrying a wallet, find out what PM Modi told News Nation. He also revealed that he used to wash his own clothes and he had shortened the sleeves of his kurtas, because it was too much of a hassle. Known for his saratorial sense, PM Modi told News Nation that he doens know anything about fashion!
At a time when his supporters and party members are hailing his ‘talk tough’ policy, PM Modi said that he doesn’t want and doesn’t need any credit. However, he raised the concern against those speaking Pakistan’s tongue and said that people should not forget our Army’s valour.
“If media had made me, media could have destroyed me,” PM Modi said on the Opposition’s ‘headline’ campaign against him. In his heart, PM Modi is still a ‘common man’. “In my heart, I don’t see myself as a Prime Minister. It’s only when I sign a file that I have a relation about my post.” PM Modi said candidly. He also took on the Congress, his political archrival and said that the Grand Old Party has become very, very egoistic. Watch what PM Modi had to say on the Sam Pitroda’s ‘hua toh hua’ remark for 1984 riots.
CATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW ON NEWS NATION AT 8 PM TODAY