PM Narendra Modi says the ED and CBI are free to operate, that elections are in the middle, and that the government has no role to play
"There is a BJP wave," Modi declared, as voting in five state elections, including UP and Punjab, began in stages on Thursday. In these five states, the BJP will win with a massive majority."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a forceful plea for his proposal of "one nation, one election" on Wednesday, saying that such a step would avoid charges of Central agencies such as the ED and CBI harassing Opposition politicians during election season.
"There is a BJP wave," Modi declared, as voting in five state elections, including UP and Punjab, began in stages on Thursday. In these five states, the BJP will win with a massive majority.
Modi also refuted charges that he had avoided crucial subjects presented in Parliament, including the border dispute with China, in an interview with ANI, and claimed that several ministries have already responded to the Opposition's queries.
The allegations that investigating agencies are targeting Opposition leaders during elections, according to the Prime Minister, are unfounded. If agencies like the ED and CBI, which he said were doing a "commendable job by collecting national wealth," should not be seen during election season, Modi advised that simultaneous elections be held.
"In Hindustan, elections are held on a regular basis; therefore, should the government cease operations?" So, you determine once and for all that the election shall be held every five years. Everyone will unite to fight the elections. Every election — state and federal — will be held simultaneously. We'll also be able to save money. Then neither ED nor CBI will be noticeable... These offices are self-contained. Between now and then, there are elections... What options do they have?
When asked why he spent so much time in his House remarks addressing the Congress, which isn't a key poll factor in states like Uttar Pradesh, he said: "Congress is the mainstream that is accountable for the country's current situation," Modi stated. Except for myself and Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee), every Prime Minister came from the Congress party. As a result, the Congress style of politics has become the norm in India. What is the ideological foundation of the Congress: communalism, casteism, dynasty, corruption, linguism? (bhashavaad). So when I say Congress-mukt Bharat, I'm not referring to the party's statistics... Our is not beneficial for the country, just as Communism, which is not in power anywhere save in a corner of this country but is a deadly philosophy."
In response to Rahul Gandhi's criticism of his attack on his family, Modi stated that he referred to Jawaharlal Nehru as India's former prime minister, not "anyone's grandfather, or great father."
When asked about Gandhi's claim that he did not respond to issues he highlighted, Modi stated that other departments have provided their answers on the subject. "How do I respond to someone who doesn't listen and skips Parliament?" he questioned, presumably referring to Gandhi's absence from the Lok Sabha during the motion of thanks debate.
"This language should be altered," Modi added, referring to the media's use of the phrase "a particular caste having a given number of votes."