Exclusive: When PM Modi asked BJP not to wait for announcement of candidates

In the biggest interview of the election season on India Today TV, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the mantra he shared with BJP leaders to prepare for the Lok Sabha elections.

PM Modi said that he had asked the party leadership and workers to begin work for the Lok Sabha elections a year ago and not wait for the candidates to be announced.

“In a big meeting a year ago, I told my party that don’t wait for the candidates (to be announced). Your candidate has been declared, which is kamal (lotus, BJP’s election symbol),” PM Modi said.

PM Modi, who is seeking his third straight term, also took a swipe at the Opposition saying that they too were working for ‘kamal’.

“We are all working for kamal, including our opponents. Because the more dirt they fling at us, the more the lotus blooms,” he said.

PM Modi exuded confidence that his party would be retaining power, adding that even the world was confident of it.

“I got a call from (Russian) President Putin for an invitation to a September meeting. I got a call from G-7 as well. The world is fully confident that our government will be formed,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister, though, emphasised there was no complacency.

“We should never go into the comfort zone. If this becomes comfortable, I will start challenging myself. You must have noticed that there are more accidents on straight highways and where there are curves, there are fewer accidents. I want to keep my team alert and awake. I want to keep them running,” he said.

Published By:

Rishabh Sharma

Published On:

May 16, 2024

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