The Lok Sabha elections are being held in seven phases.
"He (Modi) is trying to play dirty politics over it so that in the elections his party can be benefited". "Yesterday PM Modi, in his election rallies here [Uttar Pradesh], did dramebaazi [theatrics] of his love for Dalits to draw Dalit [vote] but he will gain nothing from this". The people are our maalik (boss).
"This election is being fought basically on three-four issues, and these are people's issues and not of the Congress party".
In India's first-past-the-post system, with a large number of contenders for each seat, the victor just needs to get enough votes to win. "They will not only lose general elections but after these results the preparation of getting Yogi back to "math" will also begin".
In the same interview, the prime minister said that he relied on his "raw wisdom" to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strikes in Balakot to be deferred due to inclement weather. And most important among these is of unemployment.
Mayawati said that Modi had tried to break the Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP alliance and would earlier address her as "behenji" but when he realized that the alliance would not break, he has started addressing her as "bua".
During a rally in Uttar Pradesh on May 4, Modi had targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying, "Your father (Rajiv Gandhi) was termed Mr Clean by his courtiers, but his life ended as "bhrashtachari" no 1 (corrupt number 1)". "The statement I made was completely twisted, taken out of context because my Hindi isn't good, what I meant was "jo hua vo bura hua, ' I couldn't translate 'bura" in my mind", he said.
In Madhya Pradesh state assembly polls in December, the Congress and BJP's vote share was nearly equal, but Congress won five more seats than its rival and formed the government.
Scandal has also swirled, with West Bengal police detaining a BJP activist after sending a Facebook post with the head of state chief minister Mamata Banerjee superimposed on an actress wearing a see-through dress. Referring to the encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister wondered, "Will our jawans take EC's permission before opening fire at terrorists?'"