The Indian Prime minister, Narendra Modi, opening his heart in an interview given to Swarajya Magazine, recently stated that ‘Rashrtaneeti’ was the guiding force of his government and not ‘Rajneeti’.
The Prime Minister also opined that he was “shocked” to find that even the “budget figures were suspicious” in the UPA-II regime. “The details about the decay in the Indian economy were unbelievable. It had the potential to cause a crisis all over,” the Indian Prime minister opined to Swarajya Magazine.
Prime Minister Modi also stressed that he and his party took lot of flake from the opposition but did not make public the ‘intricate details’ of the dilapidated Indian economy when his government came to power in 2014, as that would have “multiplied the distress” instead of “mollifying it”.
Prime Minister Modi further said that faced with the crisis his government had two options to trudge on—one was ‘Rajneeti’ and the other was ‘Rashtraneeti’—PM Modi said that walking on the path of Rajneeti would have been easy, as the BJP had registered a record victory, but in the interest of the country the BJP choose to walk the difficult line of Rashtraneeti.
Talking about the theory of coalition government and oppositions barbs on him the Prime Minister said that the congress was now fighting for its existence, and was running from pillar- to-post trying to stitch together an alliance, and the common factor binding them (the opposition) was the hatred against Modi.
He also convened that the people of the country should be made aware of the stand Congress has on coalition politics. He reminded the nation that the then Congress President Sonia Gandhi during the Pachmarhi meet in 1998 had referred to coalition politics as a “passing phase” and the Congress had then expressed its favour for a one-party rule.
However, he termed his government and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) a “large and happy family” of around 20 parties that is leading coalition governments in various states of India.
Prime Minister Modi’s this remark coming on the back-drop of its oldest ally the Shiv Sena declaring that it would fight the ensuing 2019 general elections alone, and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) quitting the NDA alliance holds great significance.
Speaking to the magazine Prime Minister Modi also reiterated his opinion on “one-nation-one-election” theory. PM Modi said that this theory was not his brain-child, he stated instance when great leaders like LK Advani and former President of India Pranab Mukherjee had supported the idea.
Some key areas of the interview
- Speaking on GST the Prime Minister said that this was a financial revolution and was implemented to do away with “inspector Raj” with the help of Information Technology.
- On the farmer issue citing which the Congress is spiking its attack on the Modi-led government, PM Modi urged for increased investment in the area and opined,“We have a stated aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 to make our farmers prosperous and agriculture profitable.”
- Highlighting on the improved Indian economy the Prime Minister said, “Today, India is the fastest growing large economy of the world with strong fundamentals to propel further growth.”
- The Prime Minister, speaking on the enhanced employment opportunities in India, further opined, “Our traditional matrix of measuring jobs is simply not good enough to measure new jobs in the new economy of new India,” he added that his government had created more than 41 lakh jobs in the last fiscal, and cited the EPFO payroll data.
The Prime Minister also stated that be it skill development, trading, technology, fight against terrorism, there have been substantial and progressive growth in all sectors since his government came to power 4 years ago.