Bangalore, July 12: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave an interview to the Reuters at his Gandhinagar office recently where the leader spoke on issues which his aggressive opponents in India have been highlighting for over a decade now to corner him.
When asked whether he feels frustrated when people mention about the Gujarat riots of 2002 when speaking about him, the leader, who has recently been promoted as the BJP's poll campaign chief for the next elections, said there is question of feeling frustrated for he hasn't done anything wrong.
He said one feels frustrated when a guilty feeling conquers his mind but it was not the case with him. Modi, nevertheless, said that people have a right to criticise for India is a democracy.
Does Modi regret for what had happened in his state 11 years ago? To this, the Gujarat chief minister said very clearly that the special investigative team which was set up by the Supreme Court of India in the wake of the Gujarat riots had given a clean chit.
He said whatever had happened in 2002 was sad for any human mind but stressed that his government then (Modi was just four-months-old as the chief minister when the violence broke out after the Godhra incident) had applied its full strength to set things in order.
"However much brainpower the Supreme Being has given us, however much experience I've got, and whatever I had available in that situation and this is what the SIT had investigated," the Reuters report quoted him saying.
Modi also showed the smart leader in him when replying to a question seeking his real identity, a dictator or a decisive leader. He said if one considers himself to be a leader, then he must act decisively and by only acting in a decisive manner that he could become a leader. He said to be decisive is a quality and not a negative trait for people want such leaders.
Moreover, he said if he was indeed authoritarian, then how was it possible for him to run a government for 12 years now? Modi completed a hat-trick after winning three assembly polls on the trot on 2002, 2007 and 2012. He said he could not have survived if there was no team effort in Gujarat. He said it was not Modi's success but success of Team Gujarat.
Does Modi hate criticism? To this, he said criticism is an integral aspect of a democracy. According to him, a person must invite criticism if wants to grow and so does he. But he is against allegations, for there is a big difference between the two. He said criticism involves hard work to find counter facts and nobody is ready to do that. They, instead, come up with allegations, which can never improve the situation.