Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, all opportunities will be given to the people of Assam whose name did not figure in the complete National Register of Citizen draft published recently.
In an interview to news agency ANI, Mr Modi assured that no Indian citizens will be excluded and their concerns will be addressed. The Prime Minister also came down heavily on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comments on the issue. He said, only those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in democratic institutions can use words like ‘civil war’, ‘bloodbath’ and ‘Desh Ke Tukde Tukde’.
The Prime Minister also slammed the idea of Mahagathbandhan or Grand alliance saying that it is all about dynasties and not development. Mr Modi said, the only question is whether they will break up before the election or after. He said, the outcome of the recent no-confidence vote in the Lok Sabha and election of Deputy Chairman in the Rajya Sabha prove that coalition of Opposition is crumbling.
Targeting the Congress President, the Prime Minister said, Mr Rahul Gandhi tried his best to provoke people against GST during Gujarat elections, but people rejected him. Mr Modi also asserted that over one crore jobs have been created during the last one year and Opposition parties should stop their propaganda about lack of jobs. He said, India is the fastest growing major economy, investment in infrastructure and FDI inflows are at all-time highs, and the country has emerged as one of the top start-ups hubs. These, he said, are proofs that jobs are being created.
On the BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Modi said, after the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed there were hurdles in the fulfilling the expectations of the people and that is why without casting an aspersions the BJP opted out of power. The Prime Minister also ruled out the possibility of the removal of caste-based reservation. He said, reservation is here to stay and there should be no doubt about it.
On crime against women and incidents of lynching, the Prime Minister said that his party has been clearly speaking against such cases. Terming the incidents as unfortunate, he said, everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in our society.
On India-Pakistan relations, Prime Minister hoped that under the new government, Pakistan will work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence.
In another interview to a newspaper, Mr Modi expressed confidence that BJP will win the Lok Sabha elections next year by a bigger margin than in 2014.