EXCLUSIVE: Modi speaks to India Today, not about himself but on real issues

In an exclusive interview to Aaj Tak, PM Narendra Modi spoke on issues ranging from Kashmir, jobs, farmers’ crisis, and Pakistan.



  • Prime Minister spoke about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
  • In his interview, Prime Minister also cited falling prices under his rule as sign of robust economy
  • PM recalled accusations he faced as Gujarat CM as he defended Sadhvi Pragya’s candidacy for Bhopal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took credit for taming the inflation dragon, telling the India Today Group that his controversial demonetisation measure played a role in bringing down the prices.

Inflation, he said, ceased to be an issue during his five-year term.

On the burning question of Jammu and Kashmir, the PM vowed to follow the Vajpayee doctrine of “Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat” but with a caveat — not to let the state to be “emotionally blackmailed by a handful of families”.

Modi’s overarching interview to the India Today Group came on the day when he filed his Lok Sabha nomination from his Varanasi constituency.

The Prime Minister spoke about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, insisting that the TMC leader’s political ideology has changed drastically over the past ten years.

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Faced with mounting criticism for fielding Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, he defended the BJP’s Bhopal candidate, saying accusations of Hindu terror against her were a malicious attempt to tarnish India’s age-old legacy.

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