Union Home Minister Amit Shah strongly defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion that he was at times autocratic or autocratic, saying that in his decades-long association, he “has never seen an audience like Modi ji”.
“All these people who are accusing us, these allegations are baseless. I have not seen an audience like Modi ji. If there is a meeting for any problem, Modi ji talks less and listens patiently and then decides.” We often think ‘what is there to think so much?’. He takes decisions patiently after 2-3 sittings,” he said in response to a question during an interview to the state-run Parliament TV channel.
“Every person’s suggestion is valued on the basis of his quality and not based on who that person is. So, to say that he imposes his decisions as PM is not true at all. Whoever has worked with him, even the critics will agree. That the cabinet has never worked in such a democratic manner.”
From Gujarat, both PM Modi and Amit Shah have worked closely in the BJP and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS since their early days. Considered the prime minister’s closest confidante and strategist, Amit Shah has held executive portfolios in the Gujarat government when PM Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.
Amit Shah defended PM Modi over farmers’ protests, saying his concerns about the laws introduced last year were baseless and the BJP government had taken big steps to help growers.
“In all, 11 crore farmers are getting Rs 6,000 annually. Within a year, Rs 1.5 lakh crore have been given to farmers. Sometime back, the UPA government waived off Rs 60,000 crore. Rs 60,000 crore came back in the bank. But farmers got nothing. This amount of Rs 1.5 lakh crore is going directly to farmers, and no bank loan is involved. On average 1.5-2 acres of assets are available for agriculture, crop money for this land Comes up to Rs. 6,000. Hence, no loan is taken by the farmers,” he said.