A day after Rahul Gandhi claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took “lessons” from former PM Manmohan Singh on economics during a meeting between the two, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a veiled attack on the former prime minister, said: “It is not enough to be an economist, one also needs to be a realist. Our PM is a realist.” Singh also said that it is Prime Minister Modi who is running the government and “nobody should have any doubt about it.”
He also added that no minister in the Narendra Modi government is ‘ashakt’ (powerless) and all of them believe in the philosophy of ‘less talk and more work.’
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“What do you think? Koi ashakt nahi hain. Sabhi log sashakt hain (No one is powerless. All are empowered). We talk less but work more,” he said at a press conference here. He was replying to a question on whether ministers in the Modi government wielded any power.
Asked whether the PM speaks too much in comparison to his ministerial colleagues, as alleged by Rahul Gandhi, Singh said the PM speaks whenever there is a necessity.
He also acknowledged that building of Ram temple in Ayodhya is an important issue and the government would welcome an out-of-court settlement.
“All issues are important. But we have to fix priorities. Now we are working on the development agenda. As you are aware, Ram temple is sub judice. We have to wait for the court verdict. But the two communities may hold talks on the issue and can find a solution,” he said.
When asked about BJP president Amit Shah’s statement that the NDA government did not have the majority to act on issues like Article 370, which gives special status to J&K, the Home Minister downplayed it saying: “abhi abhi to sarkar bani hai (government has been just formed in the state).”