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PM Modi asserts BJP’s growing influence in south, calls for independent agency action | WATCH

During an interview with Malayalam news channel Asianet, PM Modi reiterated the need for independent functioning of investigative agencies like the CBI and ED amidst opposition allegations of misuse. He dismissed claims of using these agencies for political gain, emphasising their autonomy.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Published on: April 22, 2024 14:37 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an event.

During an interview with Malayalam news channel Asianet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the importance of investigative agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) functioning without interference. This statement comes amidst allegations from the opposition regarding the alleged misuse of these agencies by the government. PM Modi dismissed accusations of the ruling party using investigative agencies to stifle dissent within the opposition, asserting that these agencies must be allowed to carry out their duties independently.

Congress candidate announcement delay

Taking a swipe at Congress, PM Modi remarked on the delay in announcing the party’s candidate for the Amethi seat. He suggested that the Congress may field senior leader Rahul Gandhi from another seat after polling in Wayanad on April 26, indicating a lack of confidence in retaining the constituency in Kerala.

Veiled swipe at Congress leadership

The PM also indirectly criticised former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, noting that senior leaders of the party are opting for Rajya Sabha seats over contesting in Lok Sabha elections.

Confidence in BJP’s performance in South

Expressing confidence in the BJP’s performance in southern states, PM Modi anticipated an increase in the party’s vote share.

Focus on Kerala’s political landscape

In Kerala, PM Modi highlighted the dissatisfaction among Christians towards both the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPM-led Left Democratic Front. This observation underscores the BJP’s efforts to appeal to the Christian community in the state, which holds significant electoral sway in several constituencies.

Targeting Christian voters

The BJP’s focus on wooing Christian voters in Kerala reflects its strategic approach to expanding its support base in the state.

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