BJP manifesto release : ‘One mission, one direction’ is our mantra: PM Modi

                           

The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

rime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the release of Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019, in New Delhi, Monday, April 08, 2019.

Releasing the BJP Sankalp Patra, or manifesto, for Lok Sabha elections 2019 on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was moving ahead with ‘one mission and one direction. He said the development had to be flexible to suit the country’s diversity, it had to be multi-layered and multi-directional.

The party manifesto charted 75 milestones India @75 had to achieve, chief focus being on the farm sector, education, health and infrastructure.

Party chief Amit Shah said, “In five years, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken 50 major decisions for the betterment of the country. From 2014-19, our government has transformed the country… these have been the golden years”

Nationalism, farmers, youth- Focus of BJP’s 75-point manifesto
BJP released the party manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Others present at the function were ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders.

 

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The ruling party promised pension for small and medium farmers and shopkeepers, days after the Congress vowed to bring about several welfare measures, including a grant of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20% households in the country, if voted to power.

Members of the BJP’s parliamentary board, its apex body, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah were present at the launch of the manifesto in New Delhi.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley had on Sunday unveiled campaign themes and other materials of the party’s election campaign. The party has chosen the slogan “Phir ek baar Modi sarkar” as its election tagline and its campaign will revolve around the Narendra Modi-led government’s achievements in the past five years.

And the Congress, on its part, has adopted the official campaign tagline of “Ab Hoga NYAY”, centred around its minimum income guarantee scheme and party president Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP crowdsourced its manifesto and held events across the country to get inputs from different sets of voters like farmers, youths, women, businessmen and others.

                           

Union home minister Rajnath Singh-led manifesto committee of the BJP had decided to form 15 sub-panels to reach out to the different group of voters in January this year.

The 20-member Manifesto Committee includes Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Piyush Goyal, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. It also has former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Bihar’s deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Keshav Prasad Maurya, among its members.

Polling will be held in seven phases across the country from April 11 to May 19. The results will be declared on May 23.

 

 

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Who Are ‘RG’, ‘AP’, And ‘FAM’?,” Asks Arun Jaitley Over Explosive Agusta Chargesheet

                           

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday issued a blog post based on the sensational revelations in the ED’s supplementary chargesheet in the Agusta Westland scam which has been accessed by Republic TV. The 52-page chargesheet contains explosive mentions on virtually every page and also provides answers to key questions that have been raised in the case from years earlier. It is on some of these questions, particularly regarding certain abbreviations and whom they refer to, that Jaitley has written his post.

Here it is reproduced in full:

Who are ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’?

Rahul Gandhi talks on several subjects with which he does not even have a nodding acquaintance. He makes wild and unsubstantiated allegations against all and sundry. The only subject he refused to speak about or respond is the one on which he alone knows the truth – his own accounts.

When reports have indicated that his own personal ‘capital creation’ programme was on the strength of ‘Sweetheart Deals’ with ‘fly-by-night operators’, he imposed censorship on himself and also on otherwise an outspoken Media Cell of the Congress Party.

My conclusion: When no reply or explanation is given for such a probity related issue, the
country is entitled to assume that no reply or explanation could ever have
been given. Silence in this case speaks more than any fake explanation.

 

 

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The AugustaWestlandchargesheet disclosures

The chargesheet in the AugustaWestland case has clearly mentioned that in the documents which were recovered by the Swiss Police from the house of the mother of Guido Haschke in Lugano, Switzerland, carried a reference in the English alphabets which identifies the name of certain political leaders/ entities who had influence with the UPA Government. It is relevant that when the Chairman and CEO of AugustaWestland was arrested in February, 2013 in Italy the CBI had registered the initial PE in 2013 itself. It is only after the Government of India succeeded in getting Christian James Michel on 4th December, 2018 and Rajiv Saxena on 30th January, 2019 that investigations made a significant headway. The chargesheet is based on oral and documentary evidence. To whom is the reference of ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ being made? Investigators have quoted in the chargesheet the statements of the concerned persons. The documents recovered in Italy corroborate with the oral and documentary evidence collected in India.

Diary as evidence

There is an erroneous belief among Indian politicians that a diary, as in the Jain Hawala Case, is never admissible as an evidence. A diary constitutes an admission in writing and is admissible against the maker of that admission. It is admissible against the other co-conspirators if it is made when the conspiracy was still being executed and there is other evidence that corroborates the contents of the diary. That is the law laid down by the Privy Council in ‘Mirza Akbar’s’ case and has held grounds throughout. In the Jain’s case, there was no corroboration of the Diary. This legal argument is, however, relevant for the purposes of the legal case.

Probity debate

Arguments of probity in the public space demand more answers. Are ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’ fictional characters or were they in a position to influence the deal? How come every time there is a controversial defence deal and evidence is collected, names close to the Congress Party’s first family start appearing?

When the alphabet ‘Q’ appeared in Martin Ardbo’s diary in the Bofors Case with a comment that ‘Q’ must be protected at all cost, the Party was in denial even then. It is only when the Swiss authorities in 1993 disclosed the names of one of the beneficiaries of the kickbacks of Bofors being paid as Ottavio Quattrocchi, the Narasimha Rao Government facilitated his escape from India in less than 24 hours. This did not wash away the ghost of ‘Q’ which had scarred the face of the Congress Party nor will ‘RG’, ‘AP’ and ‘FAM’.

Public neither forgets nor forgives the corrupt. Silence is never an answer to documentary evidence of corruption.

The Right to Silence is available to an accused, not to a Prime Ministerial aspirant.

 

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‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign LIVE : PM Modi address people across 500 locations

                           

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will interact with people who have pledged their support to the Main Bhi Chowkidar campaign from New Delhi’s Talkatora stadium. During the session, BJP top brass will be present in the event. On March 24, the BJP started registrations for the programme. He had tweeted about “an invigorating interaction with lakhs of Chowkidars from over 500 locations across the length and breadth of India” and even urged people to order ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ merchandise.

  Mar 31, 2019  17:57 (IST) 

‘Mission Shakti’ is being viewed through the election lens. It has nothing to do with that. It is a big win for our scientists. Before this, only three nations had accomplished this feat: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:54 (IST)

We have spent a lot of time doing ‘India-Pakistan’. I say let them (Pakistan) suffer the consequences of its actions, let us move ahead: PM Modi

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:51 (IST)

Our principle has been to reward honesty. From the very first day, we ensured that honest taxpayers do not face any difficulty. I promise to the countrymen that those involved in scams, would be punished: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:47 (IST)

PM Narendra Modi takes a dig at Vijay Mallya over his ‘bad jail condition’ excuse to avoid extradition.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:46 (IST)

Taxpayers should be respected: PM Modi.

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  Mar 31, 2019  17:46 (IST)

Those who have looted exchequers money will not be spared: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:44 (IST)

Since 2014, I have taken them to the doorsteps of jail. Some are out on bail, some are waiting for dates: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:44 (IST)

The ones who have looted this country, they will have to give each and every penny back: PM Modi

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:43 (IST)

I will not tolerate corruption, that’s my commitment: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:40 (IST)

I left Balakot airstrike decision to the forces as I believe in their discipline: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:39 (IST)

The worry for Pakistan, when such strikes take place, is not that terrorist camps get destroyed. The worry is that it proves that the camps exist: PM Modi.

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  Mar 31, 2019  17:39 (IST)

The main reason why Pakistan is not accepting Balakot attack because after that they will also have to accept that terrorist camps were active there: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:37 (IST)

Elections are not my priority, country is: PM Modi

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:36 (IST)

From now, it will be there (terrorists) land and our game: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:35 (IST)

My forces will never let the country down, I have full faith in their discipline: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:34 (IST)

I have full faith in my forces: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:33 (IST)

Full majority mandate plays a pivotal role in a democratic set-up: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:32 (IST)

For me, the country is first, people of this country is above all: PM Modi

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:30 (IST)

It’s not me but the forces who have implemented Balakot attack: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:28 (IST)

Whatever we have achieved in the last five years, it is because of Jan Bhagidari. Swachhata has become a mass movement due to the support of people: PM Modi

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:22 (IST)

‘Chowkidar isn’t about a uniform, nor is it about being tied to a spot. It’s a spirit’, says PM Modi addressing the mega ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ townhall in New Delhi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:28 (IST)

The populace of the country doesn’t need Rajas and Maharajas. This is why I’m happy that the feeling of chowkidar is expanding within me. I bow down to those who have joined this movement, this feeling of chowkidar: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:18 (IST)

                           

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  Mar 31, 2019  17:17 (IST)

In 2013-14, during the Lok Sabha Elections, I was somewhat known as CM but was new to the nation. I assured people that they are placing a chowkidar for the responsibility they are giving me: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:17 (IST)

We are all Chowkidars, committed to a strong & prosperous India: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:16 (IST)

Critics made me popular. People barely knew me before 2014: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:15 (IST)

Back in 2014, I assured people that as a chowkidar, I will do fulfill my duties: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:13 (IST)

We are all Chowkidars, committed to a strong & prosperous India: PM Modi.

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  Mar 31, 2019  17:12 (IST)

I thank the people who have criticised me. Its because of them I got so much of popularity back in 2014: PM Modi.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:11 (IST)

PM Modi begins his address.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:07 (IST)

BJP top leaders in attendance.

 

  Mar 31, 2019  17:04 (IST)

PM Modi reaches New Delhi’s Talkatora stadium.

 

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Dynasty Mukt Bharat : PM Modi attacks opp parties at Arunachal rally, says they are disheartened by India’s growth

                           

Attacking the Congress, Modi said the grand old party is “synonymous with corruption” and has the habit to take people of the country for a ride.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people of Arunachal Pradesh to vote for a ‘chowkidaar’ who would provide security to the country even as he attacked Opposition parties, saying they were “disheartened” by India’s growth and success. Kicking off his campaign here for simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Arunachal, the prime minister said Arunachal is a “shield for the country with the people zealously guarding the border as sentinels”.

Attacking the Congress, Modi said the grand old party is “synonymous with corruption” and has the habit to take people of the country for a ride.

“Whenever the country makes achievements, don’t you feel happy? Everyone, irrespective of their social and financial status, regales at India’s success stories. There are, however, some who feel disheartened by India’s growth and success,” the PM said.

“When India hit terrorists in their houses, what was the stand of opposition parties, you have all seen. Even when our scientists made achievements, they found excuses to belittle them,” the PM said, urging the people to “punish” opposition parties in the upcoming elections.

He also thanked the people of the state for voting the double-engine government of the BJP to power at the Centre and the state.

“In the northeast, the lotus first bloomed in Arunachal. It is because of your support, the Centre has been able to bring about development in the state,” he said.

Listing his government’s achievements, the PM said the Centre has provided power connection to 50,000 families, gas connection to 40,000 mothers and sisters and built toilets for over 1 lakh families in the last five years.

“Our government has honoured your hopes, aspirations. This watchman was given the opportunity to bring Arunachal on the country’s railway map after seven decades of Independence,” he said

Referring to the Arun Prabha channel, launched recently, the PM said it will ensure that people across the country get to learn about Arunachal, its people, culture and festivals.

“Arunachal, which is set to hold Mopin festival soon, will be able to tell the world about its festival and culture through the recently launched Arun Prabha channel,” he stated.

Election to Lok Sabha and Assembly will be held on April 11.

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India Should Renew Narendra Modi’s Tenure For His Second Round Of Reforms

                           

 

As Indians go to the polls in the coming weeks, they will be voting on whether to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue his ambitious economic reform program of the largest democracy on Earth. Unlike China’s authoritarian Xi Jinping, whose economy has been expanding at a slower rate than India’s—indeed China is in the throes of a secular growth decline—during Modi’s first term, he helped engineer India to become in 2018 one of the world’s top three fastest growing economies.  Today, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts India to exhibit even higher growth in the coming years.

While that achievement should be reason enough for Indians to support Modi’s stay in office, the divisiveness that has been characteristic of the subcontinent’s political fabric has been weighing down Modi’s prospects to win a second the race. As luck would have it, however,  recent trade policy attacks on India by U.S. President Donald Trump could well provide Mr. Modi with just the ammunition he needs to mollify his opponents.

Modern economic history around the world is replete with examples where robust reformers confront intensified political challenges as their programs begin to take hold. Modi is no exception to that rule.  The structural policies he put in place during his first term are now engendering pain—most notably enlarged unemployment—before they’re able to substantially deliver their transformational gains.  The result is Modi’s poll numbers are slipping.  Populations rarely vote on ‘present value’ terms—the economists’ notion that down-payments made today are needed to enable even larger payoffs in the future.

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Worse still for Modi is that in contrast to the political dynamics in 2014, when his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to win an outright majority, today the numerous opposition parties that fractured back then, now appear to be coalescing.

The temptation for politicians in such circumstances is to veer towards a more populist stance even if it runs against the grain of their platform. Modi is certainly imbued with a populistic streak.  But, overall, his policies have achieved a comparatively balanced market-oriented approach. That strategy has been one of the secrets of his success.

Financial markets and investors—both in India and abroad—would not look kindly on Modi if he were to now shift far to the left for political expediency.  And they should. Why?  Because there is little question that India has experienced a high annual growth rate in real GDP during the time Modi has been in office.  Growth rose from 6.4% in 2013 to 8.2% in 2015; dipped to 7.1% in 2016 and further to 6.7% in 2017, but rebounded to 7.3% in 2018. For 2019, the IMF projects India will grow 7.5%, and in 2020 grow at 7.7%.

To be sure, this performance has been driven, in part, by a slower pace of monetary tightening than previously expected due to the easing of India’s inflation pressures. At the same time, India has benefitted from relatively low world oil prices; after all, the country imports about 80% of its crude oil needs.

But what has been an even more important driver of India’s growth is the confidence Modi’s reforms have inspired in domestic and foreign economic players. It’s true that there’s nothing like investor confidence to drive an economy.

                           

The data on foreign investment show this to be the case for India.  In absolute terms, India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows rose from US$27 billion in 2010 to US$40 billion in 2017, a 48% increase. (By contrast, FDI inflows to China fell 31% over the same period: from US$244 billion in 2010 to US$168 billion in 2017).  Taking into account the size of India’s economy, FDI inflows as a share of GDP in 2017 was 1.54%. (China’s FDI inflows as a share of GDP was 1.38% in 2017 and the comparable statistic for the U.S. is 1.83%.)

Modi has made no secret of the fact that he’s intent on overhauling a supremely complex, multi-layered, ossified economy—a direct result of the fact that, apart from the early 1990s, in our lifetimes, India has been subjected to comparatively limited systematic microeconomic reform of its real sector.  To this end, Modi and his economic team have made some clever policy moves since coming to office.  They’ve developed a blueprint of domestic reforms that if well-executed could arguably begin to finally fundamentally modernize the Indian economy.

But realistically this is a big “if”, especially in light of a slothy, shadowy and highly protectionist parliament in Delhi that is decades out of date with today’s global economy. And, it is the Parliament which with Modi will have to deal to get reform legislation passed. In truth, it is also the case there is skepticism about the extent of Modi’s own belief in the power of market incentives to drive and sustain needed domestic reforms within the rubric of his “Make in India” banner.

The number of reforms implemented by Modi is sizeable. While not all are breathtaking, it would be unreasonable to not be impressed with what has been accomplished to date.  Some of the more notable reforms include:

(i) enacting a revised law on bankruptcy to facilitate freer flows of capital and the flexibility for them to be invested in their highest value in use;

(ii) introducing a nationwide sales tax to integrate an otherwise excessively complicated disparate system of different state and federal taxes;

(iii) eliminating subsidies for diesel fuel to help plug a fiscal hole and more importantly create disincentives for using an energy source that adds to pollution—a severe problem in Indian cities;

(iv) removing regulations that forced companies to repetitively renew their business licenses at an artificially high frequency;

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(v) relaxing rules that reserved specific sectors to SMEs even if large firms could produce the goods or deliver the services at lower cost and create economies of scale; and

(vi)  opening investment in the railway network to majority foreign ownership.

Without question, the most widely publicized reform that Modi has implemented—and for which he has been criticized most heavily—is the decision to take out of circulation large bank notes.  The measure was announced with little warning, and once executed, caused havoc in local markets around the country.  Modi’s team did do a poor job explaining the rationale for the measure in a way that the working and middle class might understand.  But to be frank, if experience in other countries is any guide–including the U.S.–that can be an elusive goal.

The reform did exact costs.  But these costs had to be faced sooner or later.  Any way you cut it, there would be a backlash.  In fact, most economists would agree that the longer a needed reform is put off into the future, the costs of reform will get only larger and larger.  And no matter when the reform takes place, the benefits would not come immediately, and moreover, they would be diffused economy-wide.

Modi’s announce rationale for this move was to reduce opportunities for corruption (which largely come about through informal cash exchanges). But the real driver behind Modi’s re-monetization policy was broader:  he is intent on moving the subcontinent to become a market characterized by economic integration and uniformity, and ideally increasingly cashless.

These are exactly the critical planks under which a geographically huge country such as India can not only begin to build economic clusters that have the scale to reduce production costs, but also to foster vibrant internal trade among India’s 29 states and 7 union territories and ultimately enhance the country’s competitiveness in the world marketplace.  The economic history of the U.S. building its large internal economic space is clearly in Modi’s mind.

Of course, this does not mean that more reforms by Modi could have been implemented.  Indeed, by all accounts he is intent on doing much more.

However, with his poll numbers currently softening, he is on a knife’s edge as to how to secure the opportunity from Indian voters to be able to continue his work.  Will he now be forced to turn his policies into a more populist direction in the remaining period before the election?  Luckily for Modi, manna does seem to have fallen from heaven.

Against the backdrop of already strong trade tensions with the U.S.—primarily over U.S. steel and aluminum imports from India and Washington’s tightening of H1 visas; and Delhi’s requirements for foreign firms to use domestic payment networks and Indian tariffs on Harley Davidson motorcycles and whiskey—on March 4th, U.S. President Trump’s announced the U.S. would unilaterally hike tariffs on Indian imports by demoting India from the favorable treatment the U.S. has accorded it under Washington’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.  This may have given Mr. Modi just the gift he needed to obviate making a concocted campaign pivot.  Indeed, despite the obvious convenience of using Trump as a scapegoat, Modi would be wise not go overboard on this score and refrain from making substantive protectionist policies in retaliation for the proposed GSP change.

Why?  Because most of India’s exports to the U.S. fall outside of GSP, and those where it does pertain, are low value Indian goods that account for less than US$200 million per year—hardly significant compared to the US$127 billion of annual Indian-US trade flows.  Moreover, GSP is not a reciprocal program under the WTO, and thus Modi would have no legal basis on which to retaliate against the U.S.   Indian workers, businesses and consumers would see through this tactic. Worse, the U.S. will likely urge them on. Thus, any move by Modi on this score will likely backfire.

But if Modi is as clever as he seems, he won’t go down this road.  After all, such a change in trade policy would jeopardize India’s growth trajectory. Modi will not want to risk that.  Instead, he would be wise to just judiciously turn up the rhetoric for campaign purposes.  That’s just the kind of strategy that could earn him another term in office.

 

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Narendra Modi – Republic Bharat interview HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Opposition Doesn’t Even Have Basic Knowledge Of Procedure,’ Says PM Narendra Modi Hitting Out At Those Who Criticised India’s A-SAT Success And Test Timing

Narendra Modi Republic Bharat interview: Prime Minister Modi, since taking charge in 2014, has given handful interviews to news channels but chooses to address the nation via his radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’.

PM Narendra Modi – Republic Bharat interview: The interview is being aired from 8 am today and Modi is in conversation with news anchor Arnab Goswami. (File)

PM Narendra Modi Republic Bharat Interview: A day after he kicked off the BJP’s Lok Sabha election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday gave an interview to Republic Bharat in which he spoke of the party’s prospects in the polls, emergence of an Opposition front, dynastic politics and several other issues ranging from the Rafale deal to unemployment.

 

 

 

“Nobody can doubt my love for the country,” said PM Modi, adding people questioning Balakot air strike are foolish. “I was awake and in constant touch with jawans during Balakot air strike,” he explained.

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PM Modi to address three rallies in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh today

The Prime Minister will be visiting three states today — Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh — to address rallies after he kicked off his poll campaign with three rallies yesterday. Stay tuned on our website for updates on his rallies.

‘Delhi as important to me as other states of the country’

On being asked if he’s now become a part of Lutyens Delhi, PM Modi says, “I’ve found my family in as well as out of Delhi. I’ve taken Delhi outside, and the capital is as important to me as Chennai, Bhubaneshwar and Gujarat. Whether Delhi accepts me or not, I’ve taken Delhi to every corner of the country.” As the interview concludes, PM Modi seizes the opportunity to urge people to come out in numbers and vote during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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“I remained calm and addressed rally over phone”, recounts PM Modi after receiving information on Pulwama attack

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: “I was in Uttarakhand on a pre-scheduled visit on the day Pulawama attack happened. I got the information about the attack and decided to address the rally over the phone but restrained myself from immediately mentioning about the incident of such magnitude.”

Country is supreme and law will take care of anything that is threat to the country: PM Modi

On being slammed by Maoists, militant groups for his actions, PM Modi says: “The country is supreme and anything that is threat to the country, the law will take care of it. If people want to accuse me, they engage in the mud-slinging. ”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat:It is Congress’ tactic to keep repeating the ‘poverty scheme’ ideology before polls

“Nehru ji spoke about poverty, so did Rajiv ji, and then Sonia Gandhi followed suit and now even Rahul Gandhi, the fifth generation from their family is doing the same. It is their ideology that they keep repeating whether in 2004, then again in 2009. Look at their tactic; it is about repeating the same agenda over and over again.”

PM Modi responds to accusations of trying to control top institutions of the country

“Those who have seen my tenure as CM of Gujarat in the past 13-14 years, they won’t accuse me of trying to control the judiciary and parliament. I’ve been silent all this while but should I question as to who ordered for the Emergency? Who jailed political leaders? Who stabbed their own father in law? Please not make me open my mouth.”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: Dynastic politics is not my problem, but a threat to Indian democracy

Commenting on dynastic politics, PM Modi said, “It is not my problem, but dynastic politics is a major threat to India’s democracy. The parties which are run by families, the country cannot function out of the families control. The party which works as a personal company where no one else can come in as President, this is wrong. It is the responsibility of media houses like you to bring out such dynastic political families.

‘People have suffered for 30 years and enjoyed in the past 5 years, hence we are confident of the upcoming polls’

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: “There are three points we are sure of- 1. We will come in full majority; 2. NDA and BJP will come in power in more seats; 3. As a responsible citizen, and as a prime minister for the past 5 years, I would say I want to work with whoever becomes victorious. In politics, everyone must work together. The people of this country suffered for 30 years but enjoyed in the past 5 years which makes me confident of the upcoming polls.”

People of the country have decided to give us full majority, then how can Opposition keep us out?: PM Modi on Mahagatbandhan

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: Regarding the Mahagatbandhan, PM Modi says, “In Bengal, Kerala and Odisha, has there been any understanding between the Opposition parties then how is the gatbandhan working? It is not yet happening. If people of this country have decided to give us the majority, then who can keep us out even if they decide to ally up after the polls are done? The country has made its decision to ensure full majority and reinstate the NDA government, no one can question that.”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat:”We could have taken political route on Robert Vadra, but we decided to let the legal system work its way”

On Robert Vadra’s investigation, “In India, there is a proper system of law. Congress has received a number of notices from the Court, but they take their own sweet time to respond. If we had to take the political route, we could have but we cannot and we have to ensure we follow the judicial system and it will the investigation is working at the right pace.”

Because of our strict action, the fugitives have had to flee. They have become bankrupt: PM Modi on Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: On fugitives,  Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya and Mehul Choksi fleeing, PM Modi says, “The Opposition is slamming us on the basis of these fugitives but it is because of our strict actions in the country that they have had to flee. But do you realise, we have come down severely on their assets, and they have had to run because of our actions. During Opposition rule, you would not have even known the names of such fugitives, leave alone know what happened to them and what action was taken against them.

For people to decide if they want someone who owns 250 pair of clothes or has Rs 250 crore in account: PM Modi

Recounting one of the accusations against him by the Opposition about owning 250 pair of clothing, he says, “I had a public meeting that day which could mean the 0 was wrong, or 5 was wrong or 2 was wrong. Even if their accusations are wrong, I want to accept it. I’ve heard your relatives and you have earned Rs 250 crore and now the public can make your choice if they want Rs 250 crore leader or a leader who owns 250 pair of clothing.”

On ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, Modi says: ‘Not a Chowkidar literally, but in spirit’

On the PM Modi’s  ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ campaign, PM Modi to Republic Bharat: “I’ve been the longest serving Chief Minister of Gujarat. Yes, I’m a chaiwala and my past was never spoken about during my tenure as chief minister. But when I was elected as the Prime Minister, they started raising these issues while I proudly said that I was a chaiwala. As far as Chowkidar is concerned, it is a word I used for myself during 2011-2012 poll campaign too. Mahatma Gandhi also during his time had qualities of being a Chowkidar, not literally but in the spirit to ensure safety and security of the country.”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: Pakistan assured us they will take action, but we have hardly seen anything happen from their end

Regarding PM Khan trying to contact PM Modi, he says, “Pakistan has constantly tried to assure that they will take action, but we hardly see anything happening from their end. So I’ve stopped responding to their assurances. Regarding the 26/11 attacks, we had given them a detailed dossier, but there was no response again. When PM Khan was elected, I congratulated him and I’ve taken steps for cordial talks but where is the action? It’s good that PM Khan is doing good things for his citizens, but what is necessary right now is for Pakistan to come out of terrorism.”

PM Modi takes a swipe at the Opposition

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PM Modi attacks Opposition and says, “We can debate on the gas connections provided, house built and bank accounts opened with the Opposition. When I speak on progress, they change the topic and pick other issues. We are the government that works 24 hours and these are issues that matter to us but they keep talking about the same thing over and over again. It is unfortunate that when Abhinandan Varthaman was detained in Pakistan, the Opposition started questioning the Balakot air strike and regarding his return. It was their plan and they were going to bring out a ‘candle light march’ for it.”

I was awake throughout and in constant touch with the jawans during Balakot air strike, shares Prime Minister

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: On Balakot air strike, Modi says, “It is my behaviour, where there is a risk to the jawans of India, I’m constantly involved it. There is no expectation from their end, but I could not sleep and I was aware of what was happening.” Regarding the Opposition’s ‘personal attack’ and saying the Pulwama attack, as well as Balakot air strikes, was ‘match fixing’ between PM Khan and PM Modi, he says: “No one can question my patriotism for my country. Everyone was aware of how big the attack was, but you should question the Opposition regarding such personal attacks. If they are sure of what they are blaming us for, they can go ahead with this as their agenda for the polls.”

We are successful because of the trust Indians place in us: PM Modi

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: “Whatever we have been able to successfully execute in the past 5 years, it is because of the trust Indians place in us. We came into power with a sweeping majority, which shows the consent of the people and as of what I understand of politics, people have understood what Modi can do for them, what are the changes our government can bring in, how BJP can help the country progress. There are some spheres where India feels we lack, but we are sure that Indians won’t let us down.”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat:Voter is at the centre of the election

Voter is at the centre of the election. Political parties have to go to the polls only to meet the expectations of voters, says Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi when asked “How’s the Josh for election campaign” by Arnab Goswami.

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: Mission Shakti was not a pre-planned move, we announced it when test was successful

On Mission Shakti, he said, “India has made its mark in the superspace league with Mission Shakti.” When asked why this announcement comes right before the polls, Modi says, “It was not a pre-planned move, we announced it when the test was successful and it has taken immense effort over many years.”

PM Modi to Republic Bharat: PM Modi to talk on policies, Balakot air strike and other issues

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On being asked if this year’s polls would be “Personality -driven polls”, PM Modi said, “After 5 years of being in power, it is usual for the people to make the election campaigns synonymous with a personality and I’ve been constantly among the masses. ”

What should we expect from PM’s interview today?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his previous interviews has spoken on issues ranging from the Ram Janmabhoomi case to demonetisation and the latest Balakot air strike. He has come down severely on the Opposition in his interviews and slammed the Opposition’s mahagatbandhan on various occasions. He began his election campaigning from Meerut for the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday and will actively address rallies in different parts of the country in the days to come. The Prime Minister in a sudden interaction on Wednesday also announced the launch of Mission Shakti, the test of anti-satellite missile by bringing down one of its satellites in the low earth orbit.

Welcome to our LIVE blog

Welcome to our LIVE blog on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview to Republic Bharat, ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.  We will bring you all the updates from the interaction which airs at 8 am today. Stay tuned!

In the past five years, Modi has not had a single press conference, and has given handful interviews to news channels and dailies. In his last interview, Modi told ANI editor Smita Prakash in January that the upcoming elections would be a faceoff between the ‘junta and the gathbandhan’. Following the interview, he was at the receiving end of mixed responses from political leaders, with Opposition front runner Rahul Gandhi alleging it was a ‘staged interview’.

The BJP had demanded an apology from Rahul for his comments on Modi’s ANI interview, whereas National Union of Journalists (India) said it was unbecoming of the Congress president to mock the interviewer.

In his rallies on Thursday, PM Narendra Modi hit out at the Opposition parties and claimed that they are competing to “become heroes in Pakistan” where they are “getting great media coverage” and “applause”. Slamming the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh and said, it stood for “sarab” (liquor) which was “harmful for the health” of the people. He raised the Balakot issue in Meerut and Jammu.

Calling himself a “damdar chowkidar” (powerful) who was up against “daagdar chowkidar” (tainted), he mocked the Opposition for questioning him on the air strike: “Why did Modi hit terrorists in their homes in Pakistan? Why did Modi destroy their camps?”

Modi also gave an interview to YourStory, a platform for stories related to startups and entrepreneurs, in January this year. PM Modi has previously in his interviews spoken about issues like demonetisation, Ayodhya dispute, implementation of GST, Doklam standoff with China, triple talaq, and India’s relations with Pakistan.

 

 

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Surgical strikes on land, sky and space, says PM Modi at Meerut rally

                           

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government has shown that it is ready to take prompt decisions to ensure safety and security of the nation.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses an election campaign rally in Meerut in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(REUTERS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday referred to Mission Shakti, a day after India shot down a live satellite in space, at an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut to assert that he has led a “decisive” government at the Centre in the last five years.

“Zameen ho, aasmaan ho ya phir antariskh, surgical strike ka saahas aapke is chowkidar ne dikhaya hai (This chowkidar has shown the courage to carry out surgical strike, be it on land, in the sky or space),” said PM Modi as he kick-started election campaign in this western Uttar Pradesh district.

‘Confused A-SAT with a theatre’: PM Modi’s jibe at Rahul Gandhi
PM Modi spoke at a rally in Western UP’s Meerut where he slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for misunderstanding A-SAT. PM Modi said A-SAT was confused with theatre set.

PM Modi targeted previous regimes at the Centre saying that the governments in the past believed in slogans instead of “taking right decisions” to ensure safety and security of the nation. “Nation has seen many governments that gave slogans but it has for the first time seen a government that takes prompt decisions,” he said.

The prime minister took a potshot at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after they criticised announcement of successful launch of anti-satellite missile on Wednesday.

Gandhi, while taking a dig at PM Modi after he announced success of Mission Shakti in a televised address to the nation, had wished him “Happy Theatre Day”. On the other hand, Banerjee had called PM Modi’s announcement as “limitless drama”.

In his comeback, PM Modi said, “They got confused A-SAT with set used in theatres. Whether we should cry or laugh at their intellect for confusing space mission with theatre.”

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He also attacked the Opposition parties for seeking clarification from the government over strike by the Indian Air Force at Balakot in Pakistan. “Do we need sapoot (obedient son) or saboot (evidence),” said PM Modi responding to the Opposition.

The IAF targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp on February 26 in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

At his Meerut rally, PM Modi said he will present his government’s report card in the coming days while fixing accountability of the rival parties. “I will give an account of my work but at the same time seek an account from my opponents. Sabka hisab hoga, baari baari se hoga, tabhi to hisab barabar hoga (Everyone will be accounted for, one by one, only then justice will be served),” PM Modi said.

He also targeted the grand-alliance of the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party formulating an acronym “SaRaB” (picking the initial letters of the three parties) and translating it as liquor. PM Modi said, “Stay away from ‘SaRaB’ in the election for the good health of Uttar Pradesh.”

The BSP, the SP and the RLD have joined hands in Uttar Pradesh to contest 78 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state leaving out the constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi respectively. The grand-alliance presents the biggest challenge to the BJP in the state, where alliance led by the ruling party had won 73 seats.

The prime minister’s public rally was aimed at galvanising the BJP’s support base in the entire western Uttar Pradesh, which votes in the first phase of parliamentary polls.

The BJP has nominated Lok Sabha MP Rajendra Agrawal in Meerut parliamentary constituency. He is a two-time sitting from Meerut. Lok Sabha MPs of Baghpat (Satya Pal Singh), Muzaffarnagar (Sanjeev Baliyan) and Bijnor (Kunwar Bhartendu Singh) also attended the BJP rally in this western Uttar Pradesh district.

Satya Pal Singh is the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. The sitting MPs of these four constituencies have been re-nominated by the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

The constituencies of Meerut, Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor will vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 11. Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases of the national election that ends on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

 

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