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Must Rise Above Politics: Modi on Lynchings, Crimes Against Women

Condemning mob lynchings and crimes against women, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 11 August, said everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in society.

In an exclusive interview to news agency ANI, PM Modi said, “It would be a great travesty to reduce these incidents to mere statistics and then indulge in politics over them. That shows a kind of perverse mindset that looks at violence and criminality as something to be milked, instead of unitedly opposing. Even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate.”

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On Assam NRC

Reacting to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “civil war” statement on Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), Modi said, “Only those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our Institutions can use words like ‘civil war’, ‘blood bath’ and ‘desh ke tukde tukde. Evidently, they are disconnected from the pulse of the nation. As far as Mamata ji’s stand is concerned, she should remember what she said on the floor of the Parliament in 2005. Was that Mamata ji correct or is this Mamata ji correct?”

He also assured that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. The PM told ANI, “As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed.”

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Countering the opposition’s claim of lack of jobs and employment, PM Modi said, “ said that more than one crore jobs have been created in the last one year, hence, the campaign of lack of jobs needs to stop now.”

He said, “When economy is growing at a faster pace, in fact fastest among the major economies, how will the jobs market not expand? When investment into and the pace of execution of infrastructure projects like making roads, laying down rail lines, setting up power generation including solar parks and transmission lines is at all-time high, how come the jobs will not be created.”

Talking about Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s “Gabbar Singh Tax” analogy, PM Modi said, “The Congress president tried his best to provoke people against GST during Gujarat elections, why did the people reject him?”

He further said, “Being a sensitive government, we are also taking into account the feedback which comes from people and we are doing corrections wherever required. That is why GST has acquired full faith of people and has made life easier for many of us. People have responded positively as it brings lot of benefits to them and to the economy.”

On Imran Khan’s Victory in Pak

Congratulating Pakistan’s prime minister-designate, Modi said, “I have always said that we wish to have good neighbourly relations. We have also taken various initiatives in this regard. I recently congratulated Mr Imran Khan on his victory in the elections.”

He added, “We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence.”

On Opposition’s ‘Mahagathbandhan’

When asked about the Opposition parties forming a coalition before the 2019 elections, Modi said, “Let us understand the true character of the Mahagathbandhan. The Mahagathbandhan is for personal survival, not for ideological support. The Mahagathbandhan is for personal ambitions, not for people’s aspirations. The Mahagathbandhan is purely about power politics, not about people’s mandate. The Mahagathbandhan is about dynasties, not about development. The Mahagathbandhan is not about any union of minds or ideas, but about rank opportunism. The only question is whether they will break up before the election or after!”

On the End of BJP-PDP Alliance

Talking about the unresolved political impasse in Jammu and Kashmir, the prime minister said, “The people’s mandate during the State Assembly elections was towards formation of government jointly by BJP and PDP. Also, in that situation, there was no other alternative. That is why, to fulfil the people’s expectations, we formed the coalition government. However, after the sad demise of Mufti Sahab, there were hurdles in fulfilling those expectations. For BJP, people’s interest is above political interests and that is why without casting any aspersions, we opted out of power. BJP is always with the people of J&K and is ready to fulfil their dreams.”

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Updated: August 11, 2018 — 10:52 pm

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