Prime Minister Modi in his interview to ABP News said that there is a pro-incumbency wave in the country.
In a frontal attack on the Congress party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the party which has divided India, broke Andhra Pradesh into two states for its own political gains, is speaking about bridging the north-south divide. PM Modi, in his interview to ABP News, was referring to the excuse Congress has given for party president Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad and Amethi.
“Chunav woh kahan se lade kahan se na lade woh unka vishay hai. Lekin jis tarike se jaana pada hai. Media ne bola hai amethi unke liye mushkil hai. Unko jo kehna hai woh keh sakte hai. Where he fights elections that is their subject. But the way he had to go to Wayanad is what we are pointing at. Media only is saying that winning Amethi may be difficult this time. They can give whichever excuse they want to, ” PM Modi said.
Congress has claimed that Rahul Gandhi will fight from Wayanad as well to try and bridge the ‘divide’ the five years of Modi government has brought between North and South. However, a Congress leader had said the party has chosen Wayanad as Hindus are in a minority in that constituency and hence it may be a ‘safe seat’, lest Gandhi loses Amethi.
Adding that Congress manifesto echoes the language of Pakistan and separatists, PM Modi said, “We want an India where AFSPA is not even required. But for that, we need an atmosphere where such a situation is possible. Congress manifesto stinks of Pakistani language. It is the language of the separatists. Congress has insulted army by bringing in accusations like rape.”
Stressing the importance of sedition law, Prime Minister Modi said that he has full faith in the judiciary to differentiate between ‘Rashtradroh’ and ‘Rajdroh’ (criticism of the government and trying to bring hate and contempt towards the government). “When people were protesting against the nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu, Congress had arrested 6,000 people under sedition laws. The same Congress now wants to abolish the sedition law to stand by the ones who want to break India into pieces. They want them to go free?” PM Modi said.
Speaking on the relationship with Pakistan and the conflict, PM Modi said, “It is unclear who runs the government in Pakistan: the elected government, the army, the ISI or the Pakistanis residing abroad who are running it from afar? Pakistan should stop exporting terrorism to India. We have differences with China, but we are not going to let them get converted into dispute.”
On the controversial topic of proofs of airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot carried out after the Pulwama terror attack, PM Modi said, “Pakistan tweeted it themselves. We had not made any claims. Those who want to debate how many were killed can continue to do so. Pakistan would have badmouthed us if we had attacked civilians and army installations. Our target was only terrorists. We carried out research and was carried out successfully. Pakistan cannot accept it because that will mean they will have to accept that terrorist activities were happening on their land. It is a matter of worry that Indians are speaking the language Pakistan would like.”
Prime Minister Modi often takes a dig at the Opposition alliance, referring to it as ‘mahamilavat’. “I don’t call it Mahathagbandhan, I call it ‘Mahamilavat. NDA is also an alliance. In Jammu and Kashmir when we forged an alliance with PDP, we had come close, but we were not together. The mandate was such that we had to walk together. However, today NDA alliance is not contradictory. Like Shiromani Akali Dal, we are together in good times and bad. Unlike in UPA. Two years back during Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, two guys wore jackets and came on TV as if shooting a film. Today they are standing as opposition themselves.”
He further added that the UPA has no unity. “Omar abdullah says there should be 2 PMs in the country. Congress should answer what is their stand on 2-PM theory. You are forging alliance who says they will abuse India a 100 times if anyone abuses Pakistan. Congress must come clear on their stand on the statements issued by their alliance partner.”