New Delhi, 23 April-2014(Indilens Web Team):BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday indicated that the party will not require support from other parties to form the government but will need cooperation from the probable Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi among others provided he wins from Amethi.
Modi has taken moral responsibility for deaths in 2002 riots
Narendra Modi: photo PTI
The Gujarat chief minister brought in this aspect when he was asked how he would deal with the two warring cousins in Maharashtra—Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena head Raj Thackeray — as both are keen to support the BJP from outside. “So far as I believe after 16 May we won’t need to take support from other parties to form the government. But to run the country we will need cooperation from everyone beyond party politics. Suppose if Rahul wins in Amethi and becomes the Leader of Opposition, of which the chances are slim, then his support will be needed to run the country,” Modi told ABP News during an interview called GhoshanaPatra.
Almost running for an hour and half, the interview had little new to offer. The BJP prime ministerial candidate eluded direct answers on many topical issues like an economic roadmap, his marital status, action on Robert Vadra and also avoided straight answers on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Modi did not believe that there are any internal difference within the BJP for projecting him as the prime ministerial candidate. “I am a loyal soldier of the BJP. I don’t demand or snatch things from others. Whatever responsibility I am given I do it.”
Going to the 2002 riots, although the BJP prime ministerial candidate did not apologise, he owned up responsibility for the lives lost during the riots.
“I have taken moral responsibility for the deaths of citizens in 2002 riots as a chief minister. As a chief minister I have to take responsibility for every death in the country.”
I have never tried to connect with people on communal lines as has been projected. As Gujarat chief minister I have tried to connect with 6 crore Gujaratis. Now I am trying to connect with 125 crore Indians as much as I can,” Modi said. “This is part of my responsibility and I must do it. It may mean walking 100 steps. I may walk three steps, five steps or seven steps, that is a different matter. But it is my responsibility that I must make demonstrative efforts to reach out to every citizen of the country. I don’t care if I lose the polls tomorrow and I don’t think about the Muslim community separately but as citizens,” he said.
“After I won the 2002 polls, I had told in my address that my government is for the people who voted for me, for the people who voted against me and also for them who did not vote at all. The motto of my government is abhayam,” Modi said. Avoiding any controversy on the Ram Mandir issue which finds mention in the BJP manifesto, he said,
“A manifesto is for five years. Some projects are to be started and some are to be completed. The country will be always run by the constitution and not what my belief is on a particular issue.” The BJP prime ministerial candidate also expressed dismay that his views against UPA’s pink revolution is seen on communal lines. “Where is communalism in the words pink revolution? As taking land from farmers forcibly is a sin, similarly farmers must be encouraged to rear cattle to increase milk products and should not be asked to sell them. In Gujarat, I hold cattle camps, dental camps for cattle and even introduced laser treatment for cattle after getting veterinary doctors trained abroad. God should save the country from meat traders.
This should not be communalised. This meat business should not be associated to one community alone. Even Jains are doing it. The country needs a lot of cattle asset,” Modi said. Rejecting the charge that he was not vocal about his alleged inaction during the Gujarat riots, Modi said, “Till 2007, I replied to each and every person on 2002. You can research on my replies. After the UPA-2 took the Gujarat riots case to the Supreme Court, I thought I should keep quiet so that the Supreme Court is not influenced. Which chief minister has gone through nine hours of grilling by police officers? It was recorded and even seen by the Supreme Court.” Continuing his stand as in previous interviews the BJP prime ministerial candidate did not agree that his reference to Rahul Gandhi as Shehzada is improper. “What is wrong with Shehzada?
Six-seven years back Congress workers called Sonia Gandhi as Rajmata,” Modi said. When asked if he was invading into private lives of people by dragging in Robert Vadra, the BJP prime ministerial candidate made it clear that people associated with high profile public figures cannot be free of scrutiny. He, however, did not specify if he was going to act against Vadra. “If I have a case on me and become the prime minister tomorrow that does not mean I am free of guilt. In the last 14 years, I never opened any file of anyone.
Had I done that I would have been caught in the vortex and would not have done so much positive work. My energy is for positive works and not for roaming with garbage. Law will do its own work. Five years is too short a time for a government anyway,” Modi said, probably throwing a lifeline against the party’s official stand on Vadra. In course of the interview, the BJP prime ministerial denied that he had sent any emissary to the Hurriyat Conference as was published in the media recently but maintained that India needs to be firm as a nation vis-a-vis Pakistan or any other country. “Our country should be run in such a manner that no one dares to stare us down and we should not bow before others too. We should be able to deal with other countries eye to eye,” Modi said. Touching upon charges by the Congress party regarding his government’s controversial land deals with the Adani Group, the Gujarat chief minister sought to blame others rather than clearing his own stand. “From 1985-95 Gujarat was run by Congress and you should check the records to find out at what price land was sold then. In 1997, the Shankar Singh Vaghela government which ran with Congress support sold land at 25 paise.
I have those details. As a matter of fact, the Supreme Court not too long ago said the states in India should follow the Gujarat policy on land. It is up to you to decide whether you believe the Supreme Court or Rahul Gandhi,” Modi said. On the contentious issue of black money, he said, “When we will be in power we will go to the roots of black money. Now we are not in power and those in power are silent. That there is black money none can deny. We will need to have a team who are fluent in international laws and should also sign treaties with nations if needed. Many countries went to the root of black money and India should also do that.” Talking about the influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on his life give the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is his contemporary he said,”I was helped by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s father a lot more than Bhagwat himself. He inspired me a lot during my childhood. He shaped the ideology of my life.” Playing safe with the numerous statehood demands, Modi said, “Regional aspirations should not be suppressed.
They should be understood carefully and taken care of through negotiations.” On the economy front, Modi did not divulge in detail his future plans although he focussed a bit on the agrarian sector. “There is no real time data on agricultural products available in India. We export pulses and sugar and suddenly realise we don’t have sufficient stock for ourselves and import the same with a much a higher price. The Food Corporation of India has failed miserably. It should be divided into three parts — procurement, preservation and distribution. We need scientific methods to protect our food products from rotting. In fact the railway should prioritise movement of agricultural products,” the BJP prime ministerial candidate said. “In Gujarat, all ministers including myself, all IAS, IPS and forest officers go to villages and see scope for investment and development of the rural economy.
We are not an agricultural state at all. We go to villages and discuss how to imbibe new methods for agricultural development. We are the first state in India to have a soil health card,” he said. The Gujarat chief minister disagreed with the notion that his governance models primarily cater to the rich class. “We have developed SMEs at various levels. Is this for the rich? When I came to Gujarat there were 11 universities. Today there are 43. When I took over as chief minister there were 13,000 engineering seats. Now there are 1,13,000 seats. Even the production of cotton bales has increased exponentially,” Modi said. Summing it up on why the country should vote for him, Modi said, “The 2014 elections are about hope. There is rampant corruption and stagnancy. No other government had all such negative traits attached to it like the UPA.
Now there is is an environment of hopelessness. People are wondering if country would run only on partisan politics. BJP is based on good governance and development. BJP will get clear cut mandate. The NDA partners will boost its strength even more. No pre-poll alliance ever happened need like the BJP is having with 25 other parties.” [Input: FP]