The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in an interview to Hindustan Times, saying his comments reflected the government's commitment to the aam aadmi as well as fighting corruption and inflation.
A day after Modi's
to Indian media after taking over as prime minister, the ruling party said his remarks on
dialogue with Pakistan
also demonstrated the steely resolve of the NDA government that talks and terror can't go together.
"From day one in the PM's office, the Narendra Modi government has taken steps to bring about systemic changes and provide relief to the common man. His remark that rules should be the same for Mukesh Ambani and the common man only reiterates that this government will work without fear or bias," BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Modi told HT his government had taken a series of measures aimed at the interests of the poor, including the Jan Dhan scheme and had also succeeded in lowering inflation to help the the underprivileged in the country.
Sharma argued the PM also took the wind out of the Congress' allegation about the NDA government being pro-corporate and said the Modi government had effectively dealt with two issues - corruption and inflation - that did the Congress in.
"I would request the media to counterpose two things together — the allegations our Congress friends level against us and the complaints that businessmen have; the Congress says we are a government of industrialists and industrialists say we do nothing for them!" Modi said in the interview.
Complimenting the PM for making extra efforts to have a harmonious relationship with the neighbouring countries, the BJP also backed Modi's statement that peace cannot co-exist with terror.
"It was Modi who invited the Pakistan PM and others for his swearing in. He took the first steps. We support Modi's statement that India was open to bilateral dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues in an environment free from terrorism and violence," Sharma said, crediting the Modi government for putting in place a strong and vibrant foreign policy that had increased India's prestige in the global arena.