Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Highlights from the interview

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‘COMMITTED TO ACTING AGAINST CORRUPT’

I am committed to taking strict action against the corrupt. Steps are being taken even in states where the BJP is in power. The narratives you have heard, that it is only political corruption that we are after, are being circulated by people who are under the sword of investigat­ive agencies.

‘OPPN CERTAIN OF DEFEAT’

Elections are the biggest festival of democracy in India. It is not the elections, but the opposition camp that is dull because of their certain defeat. Even the Opposition believes that the NDA government will return to power, which is why even several opposition leaders are shying away from poll campaigns.

‘LOT OF WORK YET TO BE DONE’

The fact that 25 crore people have come out of poverty, toilets have been constructe­d in more than 11 crore households, and more than 4 crore poor people have their own houses proves that the BJP government at the Centre is dedicated to serving the poor. And what you have witnessed in the last 10 years is just the trailer. A lot more work has to be done. We have to take the country far ahead.

‘STRENGTHEN­ING FAMILY WAS CONG’S PRIORITY’

Most importantl­y, people have got the opportunit­y to compare the “BJP Model” and the “Congress Model” for the first time. The Congress ruled the country with full majority for 5-6 decades. In comparison, the BJP has served with absolute majority for only one decade. When they had full majority government­s, all they did was strengthen their family. Today, when we have a majority government, our priority is to strengthen the country.

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