In his first appearance at a press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted in opening remarks that the BJP would come back to power with a full majority on its own, but refused to take any questions, citing party discipline.
In a surprising move, Modi showed up on the dais for a scheduled press conference by BJP president Amit Shah, who gave a detailed report card on the performance of the NDA government as well as party’s extensive electioneering.
Modi diverted questions, saying he will not answer because the press conference is being addressed by Shah, and in BJP’s system, discipline has to be followed.
“We are disciplined soldiers of the party. The party president is everything for us,” Modi said.
On the BJP’s performance, Modi said that “the election has been amazing (shandar). Elections were held in a positive spirit. A government with full majority will come back after remaining in power for five years. This is probably happening after a very long time. This is a big deal in itself.”
“The public has decided on the next government. We have promised many things in our manifesto to take the country forward. As soon as possible, the new government will take charge and we will take decisions one after another,” Modi added.
He said India should impress the world with its diversity and democracy. “I believe some things we can proudly say to the world. This is the world’s largest democracy, it is our responsibility to take the power of this democracy to the world. We should impress the world with the diversity of the democracy,” he said.
He said there was a time when Indian Premier League had to be shifted out of India due to polls, but under the current government, elections can be held even when the Ramadan was being observed and Easter commemorated.
The Prime Minister said, during the campaigning, he told people that “I have come to thank you for your blessings….The country has always been with us. So in a way the campaigning was a way of saying thank you to the people. Even today, I am here to thank you and thank them through you.”
Modi said that work to fulfill promises made in BJP’s manifesto will be started as soon as the party comes to power. “We ensured last-mile delivery which was a new structure of governance…Our government will take up its responsibility as soon as possible,” he added.
The Prime Minister said the journey for an honest government started on May 17, 2014, a day after Lok Sabha election results were announced.
“Election results came on 16 May, 2014 and a huge casualty took place on 17 May, 2014. Today is also 17 May. People in ‘Satta bazaar’ who bet for Congress to win in elections faced huge losses on May 17,” he added.
‘Can’t forgive Pragya for Godse ‘deshbhakt’ remark’
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while talking to a TV channel during his last rally ahead of the last phase of voting in the Lok Sabha polls said that he will never forgive BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur for insulting Mahatma Gandhi by calling his assassin Nathuram Godse a true patriot. “Whatever has been said about Gandhi or Godse, these kind of statements are very bad and worth contempt. In a cultured society, this type of language is not permissible. This type of thinking won’t do,” he said.
“Therefore, those who are doing this have to think a hundred times. Though she has apologised, I wont be able to pardon her with my heart,” Modi said.
Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah had said that remarks on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin by three BJP leaders – Thakur, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde and Karnataka MP Nalin Kumar Kateel – were not in line with the party’s ideology.
Shah had said the party’s disciplinary committee has sought an explanation from them in 10 days.
During a roadshow in Madhya Pradesh Thursday, Thakur had said, “Nathuram Godseji deshbhakt the, hai, aur rahenge unko aatankwadi kahne wale log swayam ki gireban me jhaank kar dekhe chunav mein aise logon ko jawab de diya jayega (Nathuram Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will remain a patriot and those who call him a terrorist should look within, they will get a reply in this election).’ The Malegaon blast accused later apologised for her statement.