Here are the highlights from the interview:
- Opposition was determined to not let the Rajya Sabha function come what may.
- We have the largest coal reserves of the world, but still we could not mine due to faulty policies.
- The intention of the opposition is not to debate conversions, the intention is to create a convergence to not let the Parliament function.
- PM clarified Sadhvi remark but Opposition still disrupted house.
- Coal Ordinance was needed in the interest of the economy.
On Land Ordinance:
- We create world-class cities, but not have world-class educational and medical facilities, this may be the idea of Mr Jairam Ramesh, not mine.
- Need land for housing, social infrastructure, public good.
- Certainly would like to avoid a joint sitting of Parliament (to pass law on land acquisition).
- Townships, dams don't get completed in 5 years - we've kept compensation provisions and rehabilitation & resettlement provisions where they were.
- In a participatory democracy, people vote for a government or vote out a government; you can't create provisions that put the entire developmental agenda on hold.
- We're a country where we have 'competitive federalism'.
On Oil Prices:
- On oil prices: there is something seriously wrong with the Congress party's arithmetic.
- Congress party's arithmetic of Rs 32 (for petrol prices) is like their election calculation, they rely on imaginary figures.
- The oil price regulation is a very transparent process.
- Government revenue from falling oil prices will fund public good; we've mostly passed on the benefits to the consumer.
- The Congress party has left the economy in a bad shape.
- I am not in the business of a 9 PM show that I will have a big bang budget and get the TRPs. Governance is a 365 day business.
- A government who is working on governance 365 days a year, the budget is a one-day affair. Yet it is very important.
- India must be in a hurry, only then the obstructionists can be put on the back foot.
- We have done more reforms in 7 months that the UPA government did in its whole tenure.
On J&K Assembly Elections:
- In such a scenario, there are two options, either you don't have a government, followed by governor's rule and then go to elections again, or, you find a solution to work around a hung government.
- We almost swept the Jammu region. The part of the state has always felt neglected in the power structure of the state. We want development here as well.
- BJP ideologically different from the PDP and the NC, very difficult for parties to give up their ideological positions.
- In this kind of a format you have to speak to everyone. We're not happy with governor's rule, we want a popular government.
- I hope parties involved in the process put their heads together.
On PK Controversy:
- The government has made its position clear abundantly.
- BJP hasn't participated in protests anywhere.
- Don't disapprove creator or protestor's right to free speech but certainly disapprove violence.
- If someone has a violent protest, the state governments must act
- People offended by a film can protest peacefully but not indulge in vandalism.
On Religious Conversions:
- Let's have a national law which says how should voluntary conversion take place. The law has to be fundamental right compatible.
- Reconversion is also a conversion - so you'll have to have the same standards for both.
- RSS chief has said what he has before too, but media, opposition is just looking at controversies now.