Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV grilled BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, in his flagship show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ on April 12, 2014.
Modi, who has been regularly criticised by Opposition leaders for avoiding one-on-one TV interviews, was seen taking some really tough questions by Rajat Sharma on ‘Aap Ki Adalat’.
Speaking at the programme, Modi dared Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to examine BJP’s election expenses within 30-days.
He also suggested that if model code of conduct posses an obstacle, he will write to the Election Commission to allow the Government to audit BJP’s account. Modi was reacting to Anand Sharma’s charge that BJP is spending Rs 10,000 crore on its prime ministerial candidate’s poll campaign.
Apart for Anand Sharma, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also charged the BJP for paying Rs 1,000 crore to a foreign company to manage its poll campaign.
Modi rubbished these allegations and challenged Anand Sharma and Akhilesh Yadav to get it checked through the Election Commission and said that this type of propaganda has been going on for a long time.
He also rubbished Rahul Gandhi’s claims that he had been selling farmers’ land at throw away price to industrialists.
For the first time Modi explained why he did not accept the skull cap offered by a Muslim cleric. He asked, “if ‘Topi’ is a symbol of unity, then why did Mahatma Gandhi not wear any?” He added that his vision for the Muslims includes Quran in one hand and computer in the other.
Modi dismissed Congress’ charge of being divisive and said that the Congress has been following policies of appeasing a section of the people, carving out States on the basis of language.
He also thrashed the UPA Government for asking all three wings of the armed forces to provide data on how many Muslims there are in their ranks and said that after dividing the country, they are now trying to divide the armed forces along communal lines.
On Gujarat’s development, he cited Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s friendship with Mulayam Singh Yadav, who used Big B for political gains, whereas Gujarat used him for the state’s tourism. He praised Bachchan and disclosed that he never charged for his work as the face of Gujarat Tourism.