Narendra Modi interview: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his Davos trip on 23 January for the World Economic Forum (WEF), appeared in a TV interview to Times Now on Sunday. Following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections, PM shared his views on various topics, including the ‘judicial crisis’ in the country, Muslim women and anti-triple talaq bill, and also voiced his opinion on whether his goal of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ has been fulfilled. PM Modi said that common man has a lot of expectations from him and added by saying that his government has passed with distinction. “Common man has lot of expectations from me, we have passed with distinction,” he said.
While talking about the economic growth of India in last three and half years, PM Modi said, “Within three and half years, the turn-around for India is from part of the ‘fragile five’ to being a ‘bright spot’, so this is the result of the efforts of those 1.25 crore Indians.” He added by saying, “Everytime the talk was about how much has gone, how much has come. In the last three & half years, you are seeing there is news that so much has come and is coming.” “India has shown its economic strength to the world, so it is but obvious that the world wants to know India, it wants to know India directly,” PM said.
Prime Minister today indicated that the upcoming Budget will not be a populist one and it’s a myth that the common man expects “freebies and sops” from the government. Asked if his government will turn populist in its last full-year Budget before the general elections in 2019, Modi said the issue falls under the ambit of the finance minister and he does not want to interfere in it.
While speaking bout GST, PM said that India’s parliament has approved GST after debating it for nearly 7 years and that it is very rare that any topic has been debated for so long. PM said that all political parties have expressed their thoughts on this and GST is a product of everyone’s approval. He said, “The chief ministers of the opposition parties have also participated in the decision-making process of GST. The decisions are taken by consensus, according to a system created by the parliament and the political parties themselves.”
While talking about demonetisation of high-value currency notes, PM said, the matter of demonetisation was not just about a note coming in and a note going out, but a big success story by India. “With that move, India’s federal structure, Indian government’s governance, RBI’s role, all of this was in itself a move that made the world respect India even more,” PM said.
Just a couple of days ago, in a wide-ranging interview with Zee News, PM Modi made a strong pitch for simultaneous Parliament and assembly polls, even as he slammed caste politics and decried the abundance of allegations in place of constructive criticism of his economic policy.
Earlier today, PM Modi said that he will share his vision for India’s future engagements with the international community during his crucial Davos trip. He said that India sought “serious attention” of world leaders on existing and emerging challenges to the contemporary global systems. A day before his visit to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, being attended by over 70 heads of states and governments, Modi said India’s engagement with the outside world in the recent years has become “truly and effectively multi-dimensional covering the political, economic, people to people, security and other spheres”.