On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an interview with national broadcaster Doordarshan.
There while speaking, PM Modi refuted opposition’s criticism that PM Modi was using the defense forces in his campaign speeches for influencing voters. PM said that the nationalism and sacrifice of soldiers both the issues are as much an important as the death of farmers. He asked then why it can not be an issue of the election.
“In a country where thousands of its soldiers have been martyred, shouldn’t that be an election issue? If farmers die, then it is an election issue, but when soldiers die then it is not an election issue? How can that be?”
“If we don’t tell them what our views are on this, then what is the logic in that? …Can any country move ahead without the feeling of nationalism?”
As from last few times in his rallies, PM Modi mentioned about Pulwama attack and fought for the BJP and asked first-time voters to “dedicate their votes” to the Indian Air Force pilots.
And he also mentioned the security personnel killed in the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February and also requested to vote.
For these kinds of statements regarding terror attack, opposition parties accused the Prime Minister that he is using the defense forces for influencing citizens.
For this claim, the election commission took this work to sort out the matter. Well, this issue is still in under examination. Also, the poll authorities in Maharashtra’s Latur have told the Election Commission that the comments seemingly violate its orders and asked parties against using the armed forces in their campaigns.
Also, PM Modi took a jibe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, claiming that he was mentioning the Rafale issue to “wash the sins of his father,” Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who handled investigations for the Bofors scandal.
Later Prime Minister said,
“He has made the Rafale issue to wash the sins of his father. For the past six months, he has been making it an issue without any proof. ”
After that, PM Modi stated that his government addressed the basic requirements of the people that in the past five years that should have been fulfilled within the first 10 to 20 years of independence, but unfortunately did not happen.
He said that his comments against the Gandhi family are not at all personal but only against dynastic politics.
He later explained that,
“Dynastic politics is the most dangerous thing for democracy.”
Further, PM Modi commented on the Congress’s minimum income promise Nyuntam Aay Yojana or NYAY and said that the opposition party (Congress) has accepted that they have done “great injustice” to the people for the past 60 years with the announcement of the scheme.
Then PM Modi referred to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and asked,
“Will they give Nyay (justice)?”
Further, PM Modi claimed that there is an “unprecedented wave of support” for his party talking about BJP’s chances in the ongoing elections.
PM Modi declared,
“I have not seen this even in 2014.”