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Monday, June 27, 2016

Wilful defaulters, I will show you what law can do, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he would give willful defaulters a taste of the law, work towards bringing back black money, continue engage China and Pakistan, and also urged media not to make heroes of those diverting from politics of development to that of religion and hatred. Speaking to a TV channel, he also took to defence of RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, saying that those creating controversies are doing great injustice to him.
peaking on former IPL chief Lalit Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, both of whom fled to London after committing alleged financial frauds, Modi said: "Kanoon kya hota hai, yeh mein un logo ko dikhaoonga (I will show them what law can do). The public are sure that if anyone can do this, it is Narendra Modi and I would certainly do it."

On black money hoarded by Indians abroad
"Our sincerity can be judged from the decision to set up an SIT at the first Cabinet meeting itself. Yet another big outcome during my recent trip to Switzerland is the deal on automatic exchange of information to get names of all those hoarding money in banks there. Further, steps have been taken to ensure no more black money is generated in India that can be illegally taken abroad.

On promise to put Rs 15 lakh in bank account of every Indian
Leave it for the Opposition to make an issue of it.

On failing to clinch NSG deal
It' is true that my trip to the United States, my speech at the US Congress and the respect they showered on India created a lot of hype. Had it not been hyped so much, there would not have been so much criticism on the NSG issue. Government is being criticised not for mishandling the NSG issue but because we were so successful over there (US). The process has begun on a positive note. Everything is governed by its own rules. Things will move forward as per rules.

It is true that after this government took over, SCO has been achieved, MTCR membership has been achieved. I am fully confident that we have begun efforts in the direction of the NSG (membership), formally. The process has begun on a positive note.

On RBI governor Raghuram Rajan
Those who are creating controversies are being unjust to Raghuram Rajan. I believe Rajan's patriotism is no less than any of ours. It will be doing injustice to him if one says that he will serve the country only if he is in a particular post. As much as I know Rajan, whatever post he holds, wherever he is, he is someone who will continue to serve the country. He is someone who loves his country. Therefore, it's not like the nation won't get Rajan's services, Rajan is not that kind of a person. He is a person who loves the country. Those who speak such language are doing great injustice to him. My experience with him has been good. I appreciate the work he has done. And my good wishes will always be with him...

On dealing with the dragon
We have initiated a dialogue process with China and it should continue. It's not necessary to have similar views for holding dialogue. Even when there are difference of opinion, talks are the only way forward. It's not just one problem, we have a whole lot of problems with China. There are so many issues... slowly and steadily we have to find solutions to them, one by one.

On Laxman rekha for Pakistan
I would especially like to appeal to my country's media that we stop tagging ourselves with another country and try do things.

...With whom in Pakistan you will talk and decide on Laxman rekha – with an elected government or with other actors? India will have to be alert and conscious all the time. Because of consistent efforts like the visit to Lahore and inviting the Pak PM here, we no longer have to convince the world about India's stand on terrorism.

Pakistan is finding it difficult to answer. If we remain an obstacle then we will have to convince the world that we are not like this. Earlier, the world would not buy India's theory on terrorism and sometime it would even treat it as law and order problem. Now the whole world is accepting what India says on terrorism. It is accepting the loss terror caused to India and to humanity.

On his diplomacy, outreach
The world did not know me. The world wants to know who is the head of the state. If the world know Modi through the eyes of the media, it would be disillusioned. I am not from a political family. I was not born into a political family. So meeting world leaders was not something I was accustomed to.

"I came without a baggage. I can talk to Saudi Arabia, US, Russia... with the same amount of respect. I do not consider small countries insignificant. We have been living under the shadow of bigger countries, I changed that. Geo-politics has changed. World is more inter-dependent and interconnected. People-to-people ties matter tremendously.

On Parliament's functioning...
It's wrong to blame the entire opposition for creating trouble as it was basically the Congress that was not allowing debate. I agree there are a lot of problems. Whether we should be blamed or others, I leave it to the people to decide. The sad part is they are running away from debate. This is a serious issue for a democracy. Parliament is there for debate and to express one's opposition. The responsibility of saving this spirit of Parliament is with all those who support democracy.

On hotheads in his party
Do not make heroes of people who politicise religion. I'm of the firm belief that the nation should progress on the issue of development. I would like to call upon the media not to make heroes out of such people.

Humour in public life
There is no humour left in public life because of the fear factor. Everyone is scared. Me too. My speeches used to be humorous. I see it in Parliament... no humour is left there. It's a matter of concern...

DNA India News

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