"Breakup Before Or After Election?": PM Modi On Opposition Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his views on subjects like job creation, mob lynching, and Rahul Gandhi's famous parliament hug in an interview to ANI.

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'Breakup Before Or After Election?': PM Modi On Opposition Unity

PM Narendra Modi also answered a question about the Assam NRC in the interview. (File)

New Delhi: 

The outcome of the recent no-confidence vote and the Rajya Sabha election in parliament proved which coalition is crumbling, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an interview to news agency ANI published on Saturday night, saying that the critical question was whether the grouping of opposition parties against the BJP would fall apart before the 2019 general elections or after it.

"The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) is about dynasties, not about development. The only question is whether they will break up before the election or after," PM Modi was quoted as saying.

"People have clearly recognized the difference between these parties and the BJP and hence the opposition has no option but to make it an 'All versus One' fight to even think about winning. Today, those who resisted the Emergency are standing with those who imposed it. Those who went about trying to fight corruption are with the party that has institutionalized corruption at all levels. Parties with a visceral hatred towards the Left ideology and parties espousing Left ideology are sharing stage. Parties whose very existence depended on fighting each other are now friends," he said.

"The no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha and the election for the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha - outcome of these events should indicate which coalition is intact and which is falling apart. In fact, we got support even from those parties which are not our allies. BJP has consistently expanded base over recent years among people and welcomed more allies to NDA," the Prime Minister said.

He also came down heavily on comments by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Assam's National Register of Citizens, saying: "Those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our institutions can use words like 'civil war', 'bloodbath' and 'Desh Ke Tukde Tukde.' Evidently, they are disconnected from the pulse of the nation."

"I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country (because of the NRC). As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed," he added.

(With inputs from ANI)

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