Narendra Modi attends first press conference in five years, but takes no questions

Agencies

New Delhi, May 17:

Prime Minister diverts questions to BJP president Amit Shah, tells reporters that he will not take any questions because the press conference is being addressed by Mr. Shah, and in BJP’s system, discipline has to be followed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first face-to-face with a large contingent of reporters, asserted confidently that the BJP will come back to power with a full majority on its own.

In a surprise move, Mr. Modi showed up on the dais for a scheduled press conference by BJP president Amit Shah, who gave a detailed report card of the campaigning as well as performance of the NDA government. He told reporters that he will not take any questions because the press conference is being addressed by Mr. Shah, and in BJP’s system, discipline has to be followed.

“We are disciplined soldiers of the party,” Mr. Modi said.

On Opposition’s allegations that both Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah were responsible for lowering the political discourse during the campaigning, the BJP president said “what else do you expect from the opposition,” but BJP has never initiated low quality debate.

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