Lynching is a crime, no matter the motive’ PM
Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that BJP will win 2019 Lok Sabha elections by a bigger margin than in 2014. in an interview to Times of India Mr Modi said, Mahagathbandhan is a failed idea which cannot succeed because people want a strong and decisive government at Centre that can deliver results.
PM also strongly condemned mob lynchings as a crime irrespective of motives, vowed to protect honest business and punish the corrupt and asserted that his government would keep its promise to complete the process of updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam.
“Our government has issued very clear advisories to states on this issue. I want to make it clear that mob lynching is a crime, no matter the motive. No person can, under any circumstances, take the law into his or her own hands and commit violence”.
“A non-ideological alliance of desperate and disparate groups is not a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ but political adventurism,” Modi said about the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties.
Modi said his platform for the next national election would be “development, fast development and development for all”. “We will definitely get more seats than we got the last time and I am confident that we will break all records of seats won by NDA in the past.”
He took on Congress over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, saying its vote-bank politics prevented it from implementing accords the party itself concluded in 1972 and 1982 when it was in office. “Congress is guilty of criminal negligence on this count,” he said.
On the concerns being raised over incidents of mob violence, including cow vigilantism, he underlined that these incidents need to be condemned in the strongest voice. “My government is fully committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting the life and liberty of every citizen… No person can, under any circumstances, take the law into his or her hand and commit violence,” he said.
He said the government is working actively against economic absconders, and the recent law to confiscate their properties will deliver results “Anyone who fraudulently takes public money and absconds shall not be spared,” he said.
On Congress’ allegations of corruption in Rafale deal, he said the party had concocted falsehoods and was repeating them. “It is a governmentto-government agreement, it is an honest and transparent deal. All else is nothing but propaganda to undermine national interest.”
Responding to Congress’ charge that the government had failed to create jobs, Modi said more than 45 lakh formal jobs were created between September 2017 and April 2018 and EPFO data indicated that 70 lakh jobs were created last year. He said growth in tourism, loans under Mudra, startups and construction is bound to have created employment.
In an other interview to ANI Prime Minister said that more than one crore jobs have been created during the last one year and Opposition parties should now stop their propaganda about lack of jobs.
Mr Modi said, India is fastest growing major economy. He said, investment in infrastructure and FDI inflows are all time high. The country has emerged as one of the top start-ups hubs are proofs that jobs are being created.
Prime Minister said, India is seeing a historic boom in the aviation sector, Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 14 percent last year and domestic tourism has also grown which are leading to job creation.
Mr Modi said, from just 2 mobile manufacturing units in 2014, the country now has 120 companies making mobile phones. Prime Minister said, more than 13 crore MUDRA loans have been given to our hardworking entrepreneurs, including over 3.5 crore for the first time entrepreneurs.
Targeting Congress president Mr. Rahul Gandhi for efforts to provoke people against GST during Gujarat elections, Mr. Modi said, people have rejected him. Ruling out possibility of removal of caste-based reservation, Mr. Modi said it is here to stay and there should be no doubt about it.