New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing his first press conference after coming to power in 2014, asserted that the BJP will come back to power with a full majority, but refused to take any questions, citing party discipline.
After his opening remarks, during the media briefing at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters on the last day of campaigning on Friday, Modi diverted questions by journalists, saying he will not answer because the press conference is being addressed by BJP president Amit 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,” he said.
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Terming the conduction of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as amazing (shandar), PM Modi said, “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.”
Hailing the party for its meticulous plan for the election campaign, he said, “We ensured last-mile delivery which was a new structure of governance…Our government will take up its responsibility as soon as possible.”
Thanking the people for their blessings, he said, “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.”
The presser was opened by Amit Shah who asserted that the BJP will come back with a bigger majority. “BJP will have enough seats to form a government on its own. We will get more than 300 seats. This election is to choose the country’s Prime Minister. Narendra Modi will be the PM,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a simultaneous media briefing, mocked the PM for not taking any questions in his first appearance at a press conference. “The PM’s first press conference is coming 4-5 days before the election results. The PM is accompanying Amit Shah in the press briefing. It is unprecedented. Very good. I am told the doors have also been shut, as journalists who want to ask questions have been blocked. It is a great press conference,” he told reporters.
Taking to Twitter, he posted, “Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done.”
He also launched a fresh attack at PM Modi, saying, “I want to ask the prime minister why he did not hold a debate on the Rafale issue? I want to ask you why did you give Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani. I was ready to come to Race Course road to hold a debate with Modi.”