Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the new year day set his campaign module into public dominion stating that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be a ‘public versus coalition’ contest, He has chosen to give an interview to a news agency ANI to explain his poll plank ridiculing the alliance proposed to be formed by anti-BJP parties.
It may be recalled that he is the lone prime minister in post-Independence era of India, who didn’t addressed a press conference, but prefer give rare interviews, only on his terms, where questions screened by his office only should be asked. Modi dismissed claims by some political pundits that the BJP might not get more than 180 out of 543 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, saying there were a similar ‘set of persons’ who echoed a similar narrative even in 2014.
He expressed confidence that the people will again repose faith in the BJP considering the work done by his government over the last four and a half years. “I believe, this election is going to be a contest between those who fulfil and take forward the aspirations of the people and those who stop these aspirations. There is experience of 70 years. The public is the decider,” he added.
Referring to a demand from Hidu organisations, including RSS to bring a legislation facilitating construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, the Prime Minister said that any decision will be considered only after conclusion of judicial process.
He alleged that the judicial process was being slowed down because Congress lawyers were creating “obstacles” in the Supreme Court. He recalled that they had said in their manifesto that a solution would be found to this issue under the ambit of the Constitution.
Stressing that institutions like CBI and judiciary are paramount to his government, the Prime Minister stressed that the opposition Congress party has no right to criticise the BJP by saying that the government weakened such institutions in the country.
“Congress has no right to speak on this issue. Against the PM and PMO, the NAC (National Advisory Council) was formed. What kind of empowerment of the PMO was this? Cabinet takes such a big decision and a big leader tears that Cabinet decision at a press conference. What kind of respect is for an institution?”, questioned PM Modi.