PM Addresses First Press Meet : Will form govt with full majority: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed confidence that the BJP will again get a full majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed confidence that the BJP will again get a full majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections, and it would be the "first instance of a party getting an absolute majority after a full term".
Modi, attending his first press conference in five years as Prime Minister, didn't take a single question. He passed on the one question addressed to him to BJP president Amit Shah, calling himself a "disciplined soldier" of the party.
However, in his opening remarks - the only time he spoke - Modi said that a government that had completed a five-year term would return with full majority after the election.
"It has not happened often in our country that a government with full majority returns once again with a majority," he told reporters at the BJP headquarters in Delhi.
Modi has been repeatedly criticized by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders for not addressing a single press conference since he took the top job.
After Modi ended his remarks, Amit Shah took questions from the media. "I have answered your question. It is not necessary for the PM to answer every question," he told a reporter.
When a second journalist said: "my question is for the PM", Amit Shah automatically started replying. The question was on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao's meetings to evolve a Federal Front.
Modi gestured towards Amit Shah, who replied: "See, we are completely sure that we are going to win. These people don't have any work on the campaign trail, so they are meeting in drawing rooms."