In an exclusive 75-minute interview with CNN-News18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Rahul Joshi, group editor of Network 18, on a number of issues including the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, black money, repeated attacks on the Dalit community and on the economy. The interview was conducted on Thursday.
Modi also spoke about social imbalances saying that "self-appointed guardians are trying to create tension", and that they didn't like that "Modi is with Dalits and devotes himself to tribals".
"As far as some incidents are concerned they need to be condemned. There is no place for those in a civilised society — law and order is a state subject. Some are selectively picking issues and blaming Modi. I don't know what purpose this serves, but it hurts the interest of the country," he said.
He insisted that during his 14-year tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he has never targeted any dynasties and opened any files for political reasons. Talking about black money, he said that let the law take its course.
When asked about the economic growth in the country and slow private investments, Modi said that after he took charge as the Prime Minister, he should have presented a white paper on India's economic situation in 2014, before the first budget of his government was presented. But he decided against it and said though the move would have helped them in making political gains, the report would have hit the market badly and the world view of India would have been affected.
Modi also spoke about how many people had a problem with the thought that "Modi is a devotee of Ambedkar". He added that "self-appointed guardians are trying to create tension, they didn't like that Modi is with Dalits and devotes himself to tribals. I'm devoted to the development of all Dalits, the oppressed, under-privileged and the deprived."
The Prime Minister said there should never be any violence against dalits and added that the country has full faith that "our agenda is development only". "There is no confusion among people of the country. But those who never wanted that such a government is formed, those who never wanted that previous government should go, their problems are going on.
With inputs from PTI.