Narendra Modi today cleared the air on several issues in his first interview in 2019. Prime Minister said
note ban was not a sudden decision. It was necessary to clean the system. Talking about Urjit Patel’s exit,
Modi said he had himself requested to quit sometime ago citing personal reason. In an interview to ANI, he also said that an Ordinance on Ram temple can be considered only after the judicial process in the Supreme Court is over. Prime Minister also alleged that the Congress slowed down the judicial process by creating “obstacles” in the Supreme Court.
Here are snippets from the Prime Minister’s interview to ANI:
On Rafale deal: I have spoken on the issue in Parliament and in various public meetings. Supreme Court has given their views and the French President has also spoken. Congress has weakened the armed forces.
For them, my crime is I am working on Make in India for being self sufficient in defence. My crime is that I am focusing on whatever defence forces need. I do not care about their abuses, I will do my work and strengthen the armed forces. I am working with honesty. Allegation are not personal against me.
On Demonetisation: It was not a sudden decision. Note ban was necessary to clean the system. It wasn’t a
jhatka. We had warned people a year before, that if you have such wealth (black money), you can deposit it, pay penalties and you will be helped out. However, they thought Modi too would behave like others so very few came forward voluntarily.
On Opposition’s charges of weakening institutions: For ten long years, the PMO was weakened and a NAC was formed. This was disrespecting institutions. In which set up does a party leader have the right to simply tear away a decision taken by the Cabinet. We have to respect institutions.
One of our former Prime Ministers called the Planning Commission members a ‘bunch of jokers.’ Do you know who was the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission then. (Referring to what Mr. Rajiv Gandhi said when Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Deputy Chairman)
* On Opposition’s Mahagathbandhan: All who looted India are coming together. It is going to be ‘Janta’ versus ‘gathbandhan’ in 2019 elections. Modi is just a manifestation of public love and blessings. The people of India are seeing how leaders who want to loot are closing ranks and forming alliances.
In 2019, the people of India will set the agenda. They know who is with their aspirations and who is not.
* On farm loan waiver: These are political stunts. It doesn’t help. If waiving loans can solve the farmer’s problem, than it should be done, but history has shown that waivers don’t help farmers. When governments make such announcements (of loan waivers), those farmers (who take loans from money lenders) do not become beneficiaries of the waivers. The farmers who are dying are out of the purview of such schemes.
There is a small segment of farmers who take loans from banks. A majority of them take loans from money lenders. When governments make such announcements, those farmers do not become beneficiaries of waivers. I want a situation where a farmer never has to be debt-ridden in the first place. For me, farmer welfare is not about politics.
Congress’ false promise like farm loan waiver is a lollipop. To say a lie and mislead, that is what I called lollipop. Like saying ‘we have waived all farm loans’. The truth is that nothing like that has happened. Please see their own circulars, they should not mislead.
On Surgical Strike: It was unfortunate that some parties raised doubts about the strike. there are some political parties who began to speak the same language as Pakistan. They politicised the issue.
Uri attack rattled me. I gave clear orders that whether you (soldiers) get success or failure, don’t think about that but come back before sunrise. I knew it was a big risk. I never care about any political risk to me. The biggest consideration for me was the safety of soldiers.
* On Foreign visits: All my foreign trips are at the minimum cost. I visit foreign nation in the interest of the nation. All PMs have had many foreign visits in the past.
Sabrimala issue: Every Temple has their own beliefs. There are temples where men are not allowed. We should read minutely what the Respected Lady Judge said on the Sabarimala case:
Mob lynching: I condemn mob lynching. No instance of violence is acceptable to us. Even one incident is condemnable:
What has happened in West Bengal. A political party (the BJP) is being denied a basic democratic right. Our workers are brutally killed in West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka. Politics of violence has to end. All parties have to reaffirm their commitment to peaceful politics
Sops for Middle class: For middle class, we’ll have to change our thinking. Middle class never lives on someone’s mercy. They live with dignity and make immense contribution towards running the country.
Inflation is at a low. More educational institutions like IITs and IIMs are being set up. There is a scheme for quality and affordable healthcare. Flying has become affordable and due to that more people are sitting in planes.
Who is this benefiting? The middle class
*Rahul Gandhi calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’: The way someone thinks is the way someone talks. Have GST processes not been done taking a consensus with all political parties in the country? Since Pranab Mukherjee was FM, the GST process has been going on.
I accept that small traders were hit due to introduction of GST.
* On economic offenders: Fugitives escaped because of weak laws. Government is using all measures to bring back them. They will be brought back, today or tomorrow. Those who have stolen India’s money will have to compensate for each and every penny.
On Congress-mukt bharat: Even Congress people say Congress is a thought, a culture. When I say Congress-mukt, I want to rid the country from this culture and thinking. I say that Congress too needs to be mukt of this culture.
On Modi Wave: I would like to thank the Opposition to recognise that there was a Modi wave. Only thing that matters in democracy is the people wave.
BJP’s defeat in state polls: Nobody gave BJP any chance in Telangana and Mizoram. But in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there was a hung assembly. Secondly, 15 years of anti-incumbency was being fought by our people. Win or loss are not the standard to judge the government.
Urjit Patel wanted to resign 6 months ago: He himself requested (to resign) on personal reasons. I am revealing for the first time, he was telling me about it for past 6-7 months before his resignation. He gave it even in writing. No question of political pressure. He did a good job as RBI Governor.
Attacking Gandhi Family: It is a fact that those considered first family, who ran the country for four generations, are out on bail,that too for financial irregularities. It is a big thing. A set of people, who are at their service, are trying to suppress such information and push other narratives.
* On Pakistan:Pakistan will never improve on the basis of one war. That nation will still take some time to improve. All PMs of India, across all parties never opposed dialogue with Pakistan. But, can we hear anything in the midst of bombs? Today, terror supporting Pakistan is isolated:
Ordinance on Ram temple after legal process is over: “Let the judicial process be over. After the judicial process is over, whatever will be our responsibility as the government, we are ready to make all efforts,” Modi said. The Ram Temple Issue issue is in the BJP manifesto and the party will try to find the solution under the ambit of the Constitution.
I want to appeal to the Congress not to use their lawyers to delay the judicial process on the Ram Temple.
Ayushmaan Bharat: In just 100 days, nearly 6 lakh people have been benefited from the scheme.
(Inputs from ANI)