PM Narendra Modi exclusive interview: UP should vote BJP's development plan

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 UP elections, black money and repeated attacks on the Dalit community. The interview was conducted on Thursday and will air on Friday night at 9 pm exclusively on CNN-News18.

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".

File photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

File photo of Narendra Modi. Getty images

"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.

Here's an excerpt, in which Modi talked in detail about black money and denied political vendetta

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 polical reasons. Talking about black money, he said that let the law take its course.
The Prime Minister said that development is not a political agenda but it is for the benefit of the entire country. Talking about the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Modi said that the people of UP should vote BJP's development plan and not fall for votebank politics.

An earlier PTI report talked about how Modi warned black money holders of stringent action, including imprisonment after 30 September. He said those with undisclosed wealth, most of which is parked in jewellery and real estate, should come clean to sleep peacefully.

Modi further said he is aware of people going to bullion merchants with "cartload" of money and a message has to be delivered to them to come clean using the one-time compliance window closing on 30 September.

"Aur us paap ko karna nahi chahata hu jo September 30 ko mujhe karna padega (I do not want to commit the sin which I will have to do after 30 September against black money holders)," he said.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Sep 02, 2016 13:21 PM

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