At his first news conference in India, PM Modi declines questions

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

"I believe this is the first time in a long time that a majority government is winning a second term with a majority", Modi said, as campaigning ended. In his first appearance before the press, Prime Minister Modi claimed that the BJP was about to repeat history.

Mr Modi has been repeatedly criticised for not addressing a single press conference during his tenure.

Mr Shah said the BJP ran a very successful campaign reaching all sections of society He expressed confidence that his party will come back to power with a majority.

Amit Shah, to another question, said, "I have answered your question".

Modi, one of India's most gifted political orators, has never addressed a news conference in India, though he has given many one-on-one interviews to local media and once took questions from reporters in London in 2015. "It is not necessary for the PM to answer every question".

The three-member body said in the order on Thursday that "growing incidents of disruption and violence" were creating a "fear psychosis" among voters, and ordered campaigning to cease by 10pm on Thursday, a day before it had been scheduled to end.

When a journalist asked him a question, the 68-year old prime minister directed her to Shah, saying: "I am a disciplined soldier (of the party), the president is everything to me".

"Showing up is half the battle".

"Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference!"

"Modiji is so full of Mann ki Baat that he couldn't understand that a Press Conference also has questions".

Mr Shah also said, that he himself visited 312 Lok Sabha constituencies and addressed 161 public rallies.

The dates for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections were announced on March 10.

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