Stating that “discrimination or violence against any community will not be tolerated”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there have been some “unfortunate comments” which were “uncalled for”.
Modi made these remarks in an interview to news agency UNI. Asked how he would “rein in elements within the party who are spreading hatred on communal lines”, Modi replied: “Some unfortunate comments have been made, which were totally uncalled for. Our Constitution guarantees religious freedom to every citizen and that is not negotiable. I have said this before and I say it again: any discrimination or violence against any community will not be tolerated.”
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Reiterating his “sab ka saath, sab ka vikas” philosophy, the PM said his government stands for “every one of the 1.25 billion Indians regardless of caste or creed and we will work for the progress of every one of them. Every faith in our country has equal rights; it is equal not only before the law but also before society.”
Responding to a question on when “achhe din” would come, Modi said, “Acche din aa chuke hain. Lekin kuch log hamare kaamon ko dhumil karne mein lage hain (good days have arrived but some people are trying to belittle the work done by us).”
He claimed that before his government took charge, the country was passing through such a bad phase that a new scam would unfold each day. “The government was stunned and the nation was desperate and disappointed. If you can recall that bad phase, misdeeds and wrongdoings, you will feel that the country got rid of ‘bure din’ (bad phase),” he said.
On charges that his government was pro-corporate, anti-farmer and anti-poor, Modi said, “Those who gave away precious natural resources like coal and spectrum to their favourite industrialists have no right to say this. Everyone knows where the country stands after 60 years of Congress rule. They have been sustaining their politics only in the name of the poor. But what have they actually done?
Poverty is still widespread in the country. You should ask them: if you were pro-poor, why does poverty still exist in India?”
Asked about the sharp reactions his statements abroad were eliciting back home, he said, “Congress believes that their scams are not known outside the country. They should feel ashamed of their scams and not of their description and disclosure to others. We realise that in the 21st century the entire world was having high expectations from India. However, during the past decade, an atmosphere
of disappointment prevailed about India.”
Modi claimed that “it is a matter of satisfaction” to him that there is a major positive shift in the world over the perception and image of India. “The credit for this goes to policies, strategy and efforts of our government and also to 125 crore people of India who had voted for an absolute majority government in the country after 30 years. That helped us to enjoy the image of a decisive government with confidence in the world,” he said.
The PM also denied any disconnect between the government and the party. “There is absolutely no disconnect …We are working in complete harmony with the party as well as with the people of the country,” he said.