PM Modi interview: MNS chief Raj Thackeray calls it a “self-interview”

Along with the national political parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview invited a lot of criticism from the regional political parties as well

  • PM Modi interview: MNS chief Raj Thackeray calls it a “self-interview”
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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave an interview to Asian News International (ANI) on January 1, 2019, it invited criticism from the opposition from regional to national level. Alleging the interview as “fixed”, Congress called the interview as Modi’s “Monologue”. 

In his cartoon, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray also called it a “self-interview” depicting that Modi’s interview was like asking questions to oneself. The cartoon – A ‘heart to heart’ interview - projected both the interviewee and interviewer as Narendra Modi and it shows PM Modi asking himself, “Tell me, what should I ask?” 

After PM Modi’s interview, many opined that it was self-centred. Thackeray’s cartoon also points out the same, depicting several images of Modi in the background which imply that he is praising himself. 

The interview was conducted by ANI editor Smita Prakash and the same lasted for about 95 minutes. PM Modi spoke on several issues including Goods and Services Tax (GST), Black Money, Surgical Strike, Pakistan, Rafale Deal, Demonetisation, Urjit Patel, Ram Mandir, Gandhi family, and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) recent defeats in three state assembly elections. During the interview, Modi claimed that BJP will form the government in 2019 polls.  

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Along with Congress and MNS, Shiv Sena also criticised the interview saying that the questions and answers for the interview were already decided. Shiv Sena also pointed out that rather than giving an interview to other mainstream media channels, Modi played a “safe game”. 

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