PM Addresses First Presser, Declines To Take Questions  

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first face-to-face interaction with a large number of reporters in five years, on May 17 asserted that the BJP would come back to power with full majority of its own.

In a surprise move, Modi showed up on the dais for a scheduled press conference by BJP president Amit Shah, who gave a detailed report card of the campaigning as well as performance of the NDA government.

Modi told reporters that he would not take any questions because the press conference is being addressed by Mr. Shah, and in the party’s system, discipline had to be followed. “We are disciplined soldiers of the party,” he said.

On Opposition’s allegations that they (Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah) were responsible for ”lowering” the political discourse during the campaigning, the BJP president said “what else do you expect from the Opposition.” The BJP had never initiated low quality debate, he added.

Ends LS Campaign With ‘Same Gusto’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday ended his election blitzkrieg at Khargone in Madhya Pradesh on the same note he started it 50-days ago in Meerut attacking Congress on the emotive issues of nationalism, armed forces and strikes across border and projecting his “decisive government”.

In his first rally after announcement of election dates in Meerut on March 28, Modi had said, “It was this chowkidar’s government that had the courage to conduct surgical strikes on land, sky and space. India should develop, India should be secure from enemies.”

Maintaining the tempo, Modi again highlighted his “decisive policy” to eliminate terrorism and naxalism in Khargone.

“We have got strong support of people for our policies to eliminate terrorism and naxalism. This is the feeling of the country that the terrorists should be killed in their safe heavens (ghar me ghus kar mara jaye),” he said in Khargone on Friday.

In a veiled reference to the Balakot strike, the Prime Minister asked the people in his signature style if they agree or not that killing terrorists in their homes is right, evoking a positive rapturous response from the crowd.

“Are you happy or not? When Modi kills (militants) in their homes, you feel proud or not. Your chests fill with pride or not. Your head is held high or not. Every Indian feel proud or not. This feeling has been answered by our brave sons. This should be the policy of new India,” he said.

The Prime Minister continued his attack on principal opposition Congress on the issues of security like he did in Meerut at the time of start of the campaign for the seven-phase general election, where he is seeking mandate to govern again.


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