New Delhi, Aug 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday over her civil war and bloodbath statement following the release of final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam on July 30. He also spoke on caste-based reservation and asserted that the reservation will stay. Besides, he also launched a scathing attack on Mahagathbandhan and claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) still has the support of smaller allies.
In a veiled attack on Mamata Banerjee during an exclusive interview to news agency ANI, he said, “Those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our institutions can use words like ‘civil war’, ‘blood bath’ and ‘Desh Ke Tukde Tukde’. Evidently, they are disconnected from the pulse of the nation.” Adding further he assured that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. He said, “I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed.”
Mamata Banerjee had warned that exclusion of 4 million people from NRC in Assam could lead to ‘bloodbath’ and a ‘civil war’ in the country. She also accused the Modi government of trying to make millions of people ‘stateless’ in Assam for political gains.
Expressing grief over increasing cases of lynching and crime against women, he appealed everyone to rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in the society. Rejecting Opposition’s charge that the Prime Minister is silent over such incidents, he said, “My party and I have spoken in clear words, on multiple occasions against such actions and such a mindset. It is all on record.”
PM Modi, speaking on the issue of caste-based reservation, asserted that reservation is here to stay while adding that there should not be any doubt about it.
Taking potshots at the Congress and Opposition parties, he claimed that the Mahagathbandhan is about dynasties, not about development. “The only question is whether they will break up before the election or after,” he said.
Replying to a question on whether the smaller allies of the BJP are losing faith in the coalition, he gave example of two instances in the recent past – the no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha and the election of Deputy chairperson of Rajya Sabha. “Outcome of these events should indicate which coalition is intact and which is falling apart. Infact,we got support even from those parties which are not our allies. BJP has consistently expanded base over recent years among people and welcomed more allies to NDA,” he said. He also spoke about why the BJP opted out of the alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. “After the sad demise of Mufti Sahab, there were hurdles in fulfilling those (people’s) expectations, that is why without casting any aspersions we opted out of power,” the PM said.
PM Modi also spoke on Rahul Gandhi’s hug to him during the no-confidence motion debate in Lok Sabha. He said, “It is for you to judge whether it was a childish act or not. And if you are unable to decide, watch the wink and you will get the answer.” Further, he launched an attack on the Congress chief and said, “I am a humble Kaamdaar. I am nothing compared to the Naamdaars of this country, who have their own unique style of conducting themselves. They decide whom to hate, when to hate and whom to ‘love’ and how to make a show of it. In all this, what can a Kamdaar like me say?”
The Prime Minister also touched upon various other important issues including the Goods and Services Tax (GST), women empowerment and India-Pakistan relations.